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House District 65 Q-and-A

<p>Kanisher Wooten Caldwell, candidate for the District 65 seat in Arkansas&#39; House of Representatives, answer questions ahead of the March 5, 2024 primary.</p>

Jefferson County District 4 Q-and-A

<p>Patricia Royal Johnson and Win Trafford, candidates for the District 4 seat on the Jefferson County quorum court, answer questions ahead of the March 5, 2024 primary.&nbsp;</p>

CRB emails

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Emails supplied discussing the city&#39;s problems with the board&#39;s share drive folder</span></p>

CRB Ordinance and Bylaws

<p>CRB Ordinance and Bylaws</p>

CRB meeting minutes on annual report

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">CRB meeting minutes indicating that the board did create at least one annual report</span></p>

Racop documents

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">A selection of documents related to the review request submitted by Russ Racop in 2020</span></p>

CRB Ordinance

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Ordinance establishing the Little Rock Citizen&#39;s Review Board</span></p>

CRB bylaws

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Bylaws of the Little Rock Citizen&#39;s Review Board, obtained via public records request</span></p>

Davis review request

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">A selection of documents related to the review request submitted by Ryan Davis in 2020</span></p>

Racop, Davis review documents

<p>Racop, Davis review documents</p>

Local Voters in Charge casino amendment

<p>A ballot committee calling itself Local Voters in Charge submitted to Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin&rsquo;s office a proposed constitutional amendment Friday that would repeal the Arkansas Racing Commission&rsquo;s authority to issue a casino license in Pope County under Amendment 100 to the Arkansas Constitution. The proposed constitutional amendment also would require local voter approval in a countywide special election for any new casino licenses in Arkansas. Under the proposed constitutional amendment, the Arkansas Racing Commission would no longer be required to award a casino license to an applicant for a casino in Pope County within two miles of the city limits of the county seat. The commission would be required to issue three casino licenses rather than four casino licenses under this proposal.</p>

Arkansas Educational Rights Amendment of 2024

<p>Arkansas Educational Rights Amendment of 2024</p>

Memo from Tom Carpenter

<p>Memo from Tom Carpenter</p>

Medical marijuana proposal, 2-5-2024 revision

<p>The group behind a proposed constitutional amendment to ease access to medical marijuana resubmitted ballot wording for its proposal Monday, February 5, 2024. Arkansans for Patient Access is proposing an amendment that would allow nurse practitioners, physicians&rsquo; assistants and pharmacists &mdash; in addition to doctors &mdash; to sign off on medical cards, and would allow patients to grow cannabis at home, among other reforms. The popular name for the proposal is the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Amendment of 2024.</p>

Eddie Joe Williams letter of resignation

<p>Eddie Joe Williams letter of resignation</p>

Eddie Joe Williams letter

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Proposed amendment to amend the initiative and referendum process

<p>Proposed amendment to amend the initiative and referendum process</p>

Griffin letter to Williams 2_2_24

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AG letter to Magness

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Lawsuit filed against First Baptist Church in Benton

<p>Lawsuit filed against First Baptist Church in Benton</p>

Order - Ark. NAACP v. Ark. Board of Apportionment

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Patrick Miller's Motion to Withdraw Petition to Seal

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Patrick Miller&#39;s Motion to Withdraw Petition to Seal</span></p>

Patrick Miller's motion to seal

<p>Patrick Miller&#39;s motion to seal</p>

Statement Supporting Texas’ Constitutional Right to Self-Defense

<p><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: bolder; color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: normal; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">WASHINGTON, D.C. &ndash;</strong><span style="color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: helvetica; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: normal; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;25 Republican governors released the following joint statement in support of Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Texas&rsquo; constitutional right to self-defense.&nbsp;</span></p>

Greg Abbott letter declares invasion of Texas

<p>In a letter dated January 24, 2024, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott writes, &quot;The federal government has broken the compact between the United States and the States. The Executive Branch of the United States has a constitutional duty to enforce federal laws protecting States, including immigration laws on the books right now. President Biden has refused to enforce those laws and has even violated them. The result is that he has smashed records for illegal immigration.&quot; Abbott argues that Biden&#39;s &quot;illegal refusal to protect the States has inflicted unprecedented harm on the People all across the United States,&quot; and Abbott says he has &quot;already declared an invasion&quot; and invoked &quot;Texas&rsquo;s constitutional authority to defend and protect itself. That authority is the supreme law of the land and supersedes any federal statutes to the contrary. The Texas National Guard, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and other Texas personnel are acting on that authority, as well as state law, to secure the Texas border.&quot;</p>

Arkansas Concealed Handgun License Rules

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Maumelle agenda 01.22.24

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Copy of the FOIA lawsuit filed with state Supreme Court

<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica;"><em>ARKANSAS CITIZENS FOR TRANSPARENCY&nbsp;</em><em>VS</em></p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica;"><em>TIM GRIFFIN IN HIS CAPACITY</em></p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica;"><em>AS ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR THE</em></p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica;"><em>STATE OF ARKANSAS</em></p>

Lee Watson, Board of Corrections response to Sanders

<p>Arkansas Board of Corrections member Lee Watson wrote an open letter to Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders and others on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 saying he objects to what appear to be efforts to politicize the non-political board. &quot;Today, you attack the Board of Corrections and seek to diminish its constitutional authority under Amendment 33,&quot; wrote Watson. &quot;What happens tomorrow? Will you set your sights on the boards of higher education? The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission? The State Highway Commission? Nonprofits? Other bodies that are protected from inappropriate influence ...?&quot; Besides Sanders, the open letter also addressed Attorney General Tim Griffin, members of the Legislature -- specifically Sens. Bart Hester of Cave Springs and Ben Gilmore of Crossett and Rep. Jimmy Gazaway of Paragould -- and all other constitutional boards and commissions.</p>

Act 7 Report 2nd and 1st Qtr combined

<p>Act 7 Report 2nd and 1st Qtr combined. Colonel Mike Hagar, in a letter dated January 5, 2024, writes, &quot;As directed by Act 7 of 2023, Section 2, the Department of Public Safety shall report on a quarterly basis that identifies by month and budget category the expenses incurred by the Executive Protection Detail for services provided to the Governor. Enclosed is the report for the quarter October 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023.&quot; The quarter from July 1, 2023 through September 30, 2023 is also included.</p>

Senators letter on Lloyd Austin hospitalization

<p>U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., is among the senators pressing the Defense Department to provide information related to Secretary Lloyd Austin&rsquo;s recent hospitalization and &ldquo;the apparent breakdown in communications&rdquo; between Austin, the White House and Congress. Republican members of the Senate Armed Services Committee sent a letter to Austin on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 demanding more information about the secrecy surrounding the secretary&rsquo;s treatment for prostate cancer, in which the Biden administration and top officials were unaware of Austin&rsquo;s medical treatment. Austin has taken responsibility for the lack of transparency. White House officials have promised to review procedures related to administration leaders disclosing absences. &ldquo;Our branches of government share a sacred obligation to work together to keep the American people safe. We cannot do this without clear and open communication,&rdquo; the dozen senators wrote. &ldquo;Your statement provided on January 6th is wholly insufficient to address the situation.&rdquo; The letter poses 17 questions to Defense Department officials, and says the Biden administration &quot;needs to provide answers on how it complied with the Federal Vacancies Reform Act (FVRA). The FVRA is an extension of the inviolable Constitutional principle that the American people have the final say, through the Senate&rsquo;s consent, over who fills our nation&rsquo;s most important executive roles.&quot;</p>

Harding resolution

<div title="Page 1">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<p><span style="font-size: 14.000000pt; font-family: 'DeVinne';">To commend and congratulate the Harding University foot- ball team for winning the 2023 National Collegiate Ath- letic Association Division II national championship.&nbsp;</span></p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><p><br></p>

Timber Ridge complaint

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ACT response to AG decision

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Read ACT response to AG decision&nbsp;</span></p>

Governor Sanders Condemns Biden's Department of Defense for Infringing on Service Members' Freedom of Religion

<p>Governor Sanders Condemns Biden&#39;s Department of Defense for Infringing on Service Members&#39; Freedom of Religion.</p>

Southern Baptist sexual abuse resolution

<p>In Resolution 6 of 2022, titled &quot;Resolution On Lament and Repentance for Sexual Abuse,&quot; the Southern Baptist Church resolves &quot;That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Anaheim, California, June 14-15, 2022, denounce in the strongest possible terms every instance of sexual abuse, those who perpetrate abuse, and those who seek to defend or protect these perpetrators;&quot; adding, &quot;We publicly apologize to and ask forgiveness from survivors of sexual abuse for our failure to care well for survivors, for our failure to hold perpetrators of sexual abuse adequately accountable in our churches and institutions, for our institutional responses which have prioritized the reputation of our institutions over protection and justice for survivors, and for the unspeakable harm this failure has caused to survivors through both our action and inaction.&quot; The resolution adds, &quot;We recognize and appreciate the work and advocacy of sexual abuse survivors, repent of our resistance and neglect of their efforts, and unreservedly apologize to survivors mentioned in the report, including Christa Brown, Susan Codone, Megan Lively, Jennifer Lyell, Anne Marie Miller, David Pittman, Tiffany Thigpen, Debbie Vasquez, Hannah-Kate Williams, and Jules Woodson, for our not heeding their collective warnings and taking swift action to address clergy sexual abuse sooner,&quot; noting that those survivors all gave consent to have their names mentioned.</p>

Central Arkansas Homeless Suport Guide

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Biden 2023 pardon for marijuana possession, use

<p>President Joe Biden, who pardoned simple marijuana crimes reported in Washington, D.C., and on federal lands in 2022, issued another pardon on Friday, December 22, 2023, saying, &quot;As I have said before, convictions for simple possession of marijuana have imposed needless barriers to employment, housing, and educational opportunities. Through this proclamation, consistent with the grant of Proclamation 10467, I am pardoning additional individuals who may continue to experience the unnecessary collateral consequences of a conviction for simple possession of marijuana, attempted simple possession of marijuana, or use of marijuana.&quot;</p>

Supreme Court rejects fast-tracking U.S. v Trump

<p>In a one-sentence order issued Friday, December 22, 2023 by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of United States v. Trump, Donald J., the court writes simply, &quot;The petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment is denied.&quot;</p>

Sanders to Magness: Resign Board of Corrections

<p>After Arkansas Board of Corrections Chairman Benny Magness requested the deployment of 138 members of the Arkansas National Guard to help with staffing the state&#39;s prisons in order to meet Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders&#39; call to add hundreds more prisoners, Sanders responded in writing that &quot;Your letter is yet another example of the desire to play political games, and this time you are involving our brave National guardsmen and women as pawns.&quot; Sanders added, &quot;It is clear to me, and to the people of Arkansas, that you are not interested in fulfilling the stated purpose of the Board. Criminals are not being held accountable for their actions, victim needs are not being addressed positively, and the safety of society is being ignored. That is why I signed the Protect Act, to which you testified against, into law. With that in mind, it is at this time that I must call for your immediate resignation. It is clear that the Board of Corrections is incapable of rational, reasonable, or fiscally responsible decision making under your leadership. Much as it has been over the past two decades, you believe that you are the sole member of the board. Your letters, actions, and commands issued at the department, which lack prior board approval or a public board vote, make that glaringly obvious. You refuse to abide by the law or operate in the public eye, engaging in conduct that does not constitute an official action of the Board. After 27 years, it is time for you to stand out of the way of progress and let someone actually focused on the safety of Arkansans take your place on the board. Someone who shares an actual concern for the situation in which we find ourselves, rather than someone who cares only about his own power.&quot;</p>

Sanders' letter calling on BOC chairman Benny Magness to resign

<p>Sanders&#39; letter calling on BOC Chairman Benny Magness to resign</p>

BOC protection order

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Educational Rights Amendment of 2024

<p>An Arkansas ballot committee, calling itself &ldquo;For AR Kids,&rdquo; on Thursday, December 21, 2023 submitted to the attorney general&rsquo;s office proposed ballot language for a constitutional amendment that would expand the state&rsquo;s obligation to provide an adequate education to public school students in Arkansas, and require all schools that receive state or local funds to meet the same state academic and accreditation standards. The failure of any non-public school to comply with identical state academic and accreditation standards shall result in the loss of local or state funds under the proposed constitutional amendment. Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders&rsquo; spokeswoman, Alexa Henning said in a written statement that &ldquo;It&rsquo;s sad that there are some who do not want to give our kids every opportunity to succeed.&rdquo;</p>

Magness requests National Guard for prisons

<p>The chairman of the Arkansas Board of Corrections on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023 asked Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders to activate 138 National Guardsmen to bolster state prison system staff, the Department of Corrections announced Thursday, December 21. Benny Magness made the request in a letter to Sanders on Wednesday to &ldquo;help fill in staffing gaps within the Division of Correction,&rdquo; according to a news release from the department. He asked for 40 National Guardsmen to be activated and serve in &ldquo;non-inmate supervisory security positions&rdquo; at the Maximum Security Unit in England, as well as the Tucker Unit. According to the letter, the guardsmen will relieve certified correctional staff, allowing that staff to help provide the needed staffing to reactivate 124 beds at the Tucker Re-Entry Center. &ldquo;The Guardsmen will fill positions which are staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week,&rdquo; he said in the letter.</p>

FOIA initiated measure proposal

<p>The text of the initiated measure to create the Arkansas Government Transparency Act, along with multiple ballot titles, is provided by the Arkansas Citizens for Transparency committee on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023 in response to changes to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.</p>

Arkansas Citizens for Transparency FOIA proposals

<p>The Arkansas Citizens for Transparency committee on Thursday, December 21, 2023 submitted to the Arkansas attorney general&rsquo;s office the committee&rsquo;s second version of a proposed initiated act aimed at strengthening the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. The second version has four different popular names and ballot titles for the proposed act: The Arkansas Open Meetings and Open Records in State and Local Government Act, the Arkansas Government Transparency Act, the Arkansas Government Disclosure Act, and the Arkansas Government Openness Act. The text of the committee&rsquo;s second version of the proposed initiated act would have the state House speaker, the state House minority party leader, the state Senate president pro tempore, the state Senate minority party leader and the lieutenant governor appoint one member each of the Arkansas Government Transparency Commission.</p>

Motion to vacate with exhibit

<p>Motion to vacate with exhibit</p>

Griffin's motion to vacate

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Judge Tim Fox order

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AG opinion on FOIA proposal

<p>AG opinion on FOIA proposal</p>

SHS letter to Gov. Sanders

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">SHS letter to Gov. Sanders</span> </p>

AG's motion for reconsideration

<p>AG&#39;s motion for reconsideration</p>

Motion to disqualify plantiff's counsel

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">motion to disqualify plantiff&#39;s counsel</span> </p>

Defendant's motion to dismiss

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">defendant&#39;s motion to dismiss</span></p>

AG lawsuit to Board of Corrections

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">AG lawsuit to Board of Corrections</span> </p>

Temporary restraining order

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Temporary restraining order</span> </p>

Ark board of corrections complaint

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Ark board of corrections complaint</span> </p>

Magness response to Gov and AG

<p>Magness response to Gov and AG</p>

Read Natural State Initiative outline

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Read Natural State Initiative outline</span> </p>

Risever Letter Act 636

<p>Risever Letter Act 636</p>

Jones letter digital

<p>Jones letter digital</p>

ACT Drafting Committee Statement Regarding AG Opinion

<p>ACT Drafting Committee Statement Regarding AG Opinion </p>

AG rejection to FOIA amendment language

<p>Opinion No. 2023-113</p><p>I am writing in response to your request, made under A.C.A. &sect; 7-9-107, that I certify the popular name and ballot title for a proposed constitutional amendment.</p><p>My decision to certify or reject a popular name and ballot title is unrelated to my view of the proposed measure&rsquo;s merits. I am not authorized to consider the measure&rsquo;s merits when considering certification.</p>

Copy of the AG's rejection letter

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Copy of the AG&#39;s rejection letter</span></p>

Amazon internal memo on Southern California

<p>An internal Amazon memo has provided a stark look at the company&rsquo;s carefully laid out plans to grow its influence in Southern California through a plethora of efforts that include burnishing its reputation through charity work and pushing back against &ldquo;labor agitation&rdquo; from the Teamsters and other groups. The eight-page document &mdash; titled &ldquo;community engagement plan&rdquo; for 2024 &mdash; provides a rare glimpse into how one of America&rsquo;s biggest companies executes on its public relations objectives and attempts to curtail reputational harm stemming from criticisms of its business. It also illustrates how Amazon aims to methodically court local politicians and community groups in order to push its interests in a region where it could be hampered by local moratoriums on warehouse development, and it is facing resistance from environmental and labor activists. This document was shared on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, by Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, a Democrat and former California assemblywoman who left state government to serve as chief of the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.</p>

AP African American studies framework

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State Supreme Court decision

<p>In a 4-3 ruling, the Arkansas Supreme Court has authorized expedited consideration of the Arkansas Voter Integrity Initiative&rsquo;s appeal of a Pulaski County circuit judge&rsquo;s dismissal of the group&rsquo;s lawsuit challenging the legality of the state&rsquo;s ballot-counting machines. In an order dated Tuesday, Supreme Court Justices Cody Hiland, Barbara Webb, Shawn Womack and Rhonda Wood opted to grant the group&rsquo;s motion to expedite consideration of the group&rsquo;s appeal of Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox&rsquo;s ruling in September, according to court records. Justices Dan Kemp, Courtney Hudson and Karen Baker dissented.</p>

Framework comparison for AP African American studies

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Foreign Holdings of U.S. Agricultural Land report

<div title="Page 2">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<p><span style="font-size: 11.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT'; color: rgb(0.000000%, 12.200000%, 37.300000%);">Foreign Holdings of U.S. Agricultural Land through December 31, 2021, by the Farm Service Agency and the Farm Production and Conservation Business Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture.&nbsp;</span></p></div>

Governors letter on Chinese land ownership

<p>Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders and fellow Republican governors are asking the Biden administration and congressional leaders to address foreign ownership of private American lands. In a letter dated December 4, 2023, the governors write, &quot;Dear President Biden, Secretary Yellen, Speaker Johnson, Leader Schumer, Leader Jeffries, and Leader McConnell: Numerous governors and state legislatures have taken action to protect our citizens from the imminent national security threat of the Chinese Communist Party (&ldquo;CCP&rdquo;). But national security demands a national response from national leaders. The responsibility is now with you&mdash;follow the lead of our States and prevent CCP amassing of American lands.&quot; The letter notes that &quot;On October 17, 2023, Arkansas even became the first state in the country to act under such a law, ordering Syngenta Seeds, LLC, (&lsquo;Syngenta&rdquo;) to divest of one-hundred and sixty acres of land in Craighead County, Arkansas. Syngenta is a wholly owned subsidiary of the China National Chemical Corporation, Ltd.,--an entity recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense as a &ldquo;Chinese Military Company.&rdquo;&quot; The letter says that &quot;For too long, we have allowed dangerous and adversarial governments to infiltrate our country. Our States will tolerate such allowances no longer,&quot; and argues that the call to action &quot;is not about where anyone is from. Our states welcome Chinese Americans and anyone else who has escaped foreign oppression for American freedom. This is about where your loyalties lie. We simply cannot trust those who pledge allegiance to a hostile foreign power.&quot;</p>

State Regulation of Foreign Ownership of U.S. Land

<p><span style="font-size: 11.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">State and&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 11.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT'; color: rgb(0.000000%, 0.000000%, 100.000000%);">federal&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 11.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">lawmakers have expressed interest in legislative options to address the potential national security and economic implications of foreign ownership of U.S. land. During the first six months of 2023, at least 15 states enacted legislation regulating foreign ownership of real property.&nbsp;</span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

2023 Arkansas Civic Health Index

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Draft of proposed Arkansas Government Transparency Amendment

<p>Draft of proposed Arkansas Government Transparency Amendment </p>

AG opinion on abortion amendment

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">AG opinion on abortion amendment</span> </p>

Griffin's proposed popular name and ballot title for a proposed constitutional amendment on state’s abortion

<p>Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin on Tuesday rejected a proposed popular name and ballot title for a proposed constitutional amendment that would overhaul the state&rsquo;s restrictive abortion law.</p>

Letter to Gov Sanders from Magness

<p>Letter from chairman of Arkansas Board of Corrections to Governor Sarah Huckabee-Sanders</p>

LRSD polling places

<p>Polling places will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., today, in the</p><p>Little Rock School Board&#39;s Zone 5 in the north-central part of the city</p><p>and at the Pulaski County Regional Building.</p>

EFA payment processing rules 11.9.23

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Pine Bluff firefighters unions letter on sales tax

<p>The presidents of three firefighter unions that represent the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services employees signed a letter addressed to Mayor Shirley Washington endorsing a sales tax of three-eighths of a percent that would benefit the fire and police departments. Joseph Kisel of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 14; Mozell Gipson of BRAVE, the Pine Bluff chapter of the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters; and Russell Carothers of the Fraternal Order of Firefighters signed the letter, dated Oct. 25, 2023. &ldquo;Our men and women of the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services come to work every day, proud and grateful to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of Pine Bluff,&rdquo; the letter reads in part. &ldquo;The need for a permanent tax for Emergency Services has been needed for a long time. In passing this tax, the Fire Department will be able to retain highly trained and qualified personnel by having an opportunity to compete financially with other cities with pay increases for department members. It will also allow the department to bring on and properly train new personnel with the addition of a new burn facility.&rdquo;</p>

Cassie Cantlon resignation letter

<p>An Arkansas state employee who was part of email exchanges regarding the purchase of a $19,000 lectern by Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders&#39; office submitted her resignation letter Friday, November 3, 2023, saying she has accepted employment at another state agency. Cassie Cantlon, an administrative service manager at the Department of Transformation and Shared Services, said in her resignation letter dated Friday that she will leave the department Nov. 24 to take a position with another state agency. Cantlon was one of several state employees who discussed in emails the purchase of the lectern, which has become the subject of a legislative audit. The letter states that Cantlon&#39;s last day with the TSS office will be November 24, 2023.</p>

Full list of schools and awards

<p>Pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. &sect;6-15-2107, the Arkansas School Recognition Program was created to provide financial</p><p>awards to public schools that experience high student performance, student academic growth, and for secondary schools,</p><p>high graduation rate.</p>

Arkansas School Recognition Program award recipients

<p>A total of 163 Arkansas public schools &mdash; including charter schools &mdash; are newly identified as recipients of $6,950,900 in rewards &nbsp;for student achievement and/or improvement on the ACT Aspire exams last spring and, if applicable, the 2021-2022 high school graduation rates.</p>

Governors' letter on NCAA transgender athletes

<p>A letter sent to the National Collegiate Athletics Association&#39;s Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports was signed by nine governors; along with Arkansas&#39; Sarah Huckabee Sanders, they include Govs. Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Gov. Tate Reeves of Mississippi, Gov. Mike Parson of Missouri, Gov. Greg Gianforte of Montana, Gov. Joe Lombardo of Nevada, Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas and Gov. Mark Gordon of Wyoming. The letter argues that &quot;The NCAA has the chance to guarantee an environment where female college athletes can thrive without the concern of inequities,&quot; and the governors add, &quot;We trust that you also want to guarantee just such an environment. But this policy allows the NCAA to avoid responsibility for ensuring the fairness of collegiate sports &ndash; therefore it must be changed.&quot; The letter adds that &quot;Science proves that it is fundamentally unfair for a biological male to compete against a biological female &ndash; that does not change when someone declares themselves as being of a different gender,&quot; citing Riley Gaines&#39; tie with transgender athlete Lia Thomas in swimming, and saying that &quot;hundreds of high school aged boys have run faster times&quot; than Allyson Felix.</p>

The Arkansas Poll, 2023 – Summary Report

<p>A summary of the 2023 Arkansas poll</p>

5-year action plan

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State Supreme Court ruling on Pope County casino

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">State Supreme Court ruling on Pope County casino</span> </p>

Maurice Taggart text messages

<p>From his relationships with Go Forward Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff city officials and the inner workings of Pine Bluff Urban Renewal, Maurice Taggart provided The Pine Bluff Commercial with conversations, text messages and emails involving himself and several officials, which he said he could easily access through his cellphone.</p>

Sanders' 10/19/23 Executive Order

<p><span style='color: rgb(32, 32, 32); font-family: "times new roman", times, baskerville, georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: normal; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;'>EXECUTIVE ORDER TO ELIMINATE WOKE, ANTI-WOMEN WORDS FROM STATE GOVERNMENT AND RESPECT WOMEN</span></p>

Fed Survey of Consumer Finances, family report

<p>From the report: &quot;The Federal Reserve Board&rsquo;s triennial Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) collects information about family income, net worth, balance sheet components, credit use, and other financial outcomes. The Federal Reserve has fielded the modern version of the interview survey of U.S. families every three years since 1989. Between the 2019 and 2022 surveys, the covid-19 pandemic severely disrupted society and economic activity. Nonetheless, the SCF reveals broad-based improvements in U.S. family finances over this period, particularly with respect to net worth. Key findings in this report include the following: Between the 2019 and 2022 surveys, real median family income (which is measured for the year before the survey) rose a relatively modest 3 percent, while real mean family income grew 15 percent. Increases in income were experienced across the income distribution but were largest at the top, consistent with some increase in income inequality over this period. Indeed, the between-survey growth in mean income was one of the largest three-year changes over the history of the modern SCF. A relatively large share of families, 28 percent, reported that their income during the 2021 calendar year differed from its usual amount&mdash;that is, their &ldquo;usual income&rdquo;&mdash;reflecting elevated shares of both families with higher-than-usual income and families with lower-than-usual income.&quot;</p>

Task force recommendations on human trafficking

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Supreme Court ruling on LEARNS

<p>Supreme Court of Arkansas opinion ruling on LEARNS act.&nbsp;</p>

Draft FOIA Amendment Cover Letter (v2)--signed

<p>Arkansas citizens for transparency amendment.&nbsp;</p>

Email from Cantlon about Hamilton's notations

Email from Cantlon about Hamilton's notations on docs

Hamilton email to Hogland on having price for custom podium for governor

Hamilton email to Hogland on having price for custom podium for governor

Hamilton email on not being allowed to pre-pay

Hamilton email on not being allowed to pre-pay

Hamilton on podium price

Hamilton on podium price

Podium reimbursement documents and check

Podium reimbursement documents and check

Email from Cantlon about 20K limit

Email from Cantlon about 20K limit

Pricing Podium 05 31 23

<p>Email from Executive Assistant and Office Manager, Laura Hamilton, to Jason Hogland requesting payment to the vendor of the podium up front.</p>

Cassie Cantlon 05 31 23

<p>Email from Administrative Services Manager, Cassie Cantlon, explaining that anything over $20k needs to come from a Director level for the purchase price approval.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

Re Hamilton 05 31 23

<p>Response to Jason Hogland email</p>

Re: Hogland 05 31 23

<p>Response email from Jason Hogland to Laura Hamilton explaining that state purchasing regulations do not permit payment for items before delivery.&nbsp;</p>

Irvin Letter 10623

<p>Letter from Senator Missy Thomas Irvin in response to Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin&#39;s Opinion letter:</p><p>This week the Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin submitted an Opinion (2023-059) to clarify the laws concerning Arkansas School Board Association&#39;s policies concerning previous legislation I had written.</p>

Education Freedom Account Annual Report

<p>Education Freedom Account Annual Report</p><p>The Arkansas Department of Education is pleased to submit this Education Freedom Account (&ldquo;EFA&rdquo;) annual report for the inaugural year of EFAs, pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. &sect; 6-18-2510. This report covers the period between the launch of EFAs (June 19, 2023) and September 20, 2023.</p>

Opinion no 2023-059 AG Tim Griffin

<p>Opinion number 2023-059</p><p>From Attorney General Tim Griffin to Senator Missy Thomas Irvin</p><p>Response to request for opinion on whether a school board&#39;s adoption of a model policy of the Arkansas School Board Association would violate Arkansas law.</p>

Tom Mars letter

<p>Letter from Tom Mars attorneys office to Sen. Jimmy Hickey.</p>

Hickey letter requesting audit on lectern

<p>In a letter to Arkansas state Sen. David Wallace and state Rep. Jim Gazaway, the Senate and House chairmen of the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee, Sen. Jimmy Hickey Jr. requests &quot;one or more audits regarding the following matters: (1) the purchase of a podium or lectern from Beckett Events LLC for the use of the Governor&#39;s Office, and (2) all matters, involving the Governor or the Governor&#39;s Office, made confidential by Section 4(a) of Act 7 of the First Extraordinary Session of 2023.&quot; Hickey also requests that Arkansas Legislative Audit develop procedures &quot;for reporting my request (2) above, and any similar requests in the future.&quot;</p>

Hickey's lectern letter

<p>Pursuant to the rules of the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee, Irequest one or more audits regarding the following matters:</p><p>(1) the purchase of a podium or lectern from Beckett Events LLC for the use of the Governor&#39;s Office; and</p><p>(2) all matters, involving the Governor or the Governor&#39;s Office, made confidential by Section 4(a) ofAct 7 oftheFirst Extraordinary Session of 2023.</p><p><br></p>

Sept 25th HUD letter to MHA

<p>Letter from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to notify the Metropolitan Housing Alliance (MHA) that the HUD Office of Recapitalization is proposing to revoke the Commitments to Enter into a Housing Assistance Payment (CHAP) contract awarded to the Housing Authority of the City of Little Rock (LHRA).&nbsp;</p>

Rupert Murdoch to retire from Fox Corp.

<p>In a letter to Fox employees dated Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, Rupert Murdoch writes, &quot;Dear Colleagues, I am writing to let you all know that I have decided to transition to the role of Chairman Emeritus at Fox and News. For my entire professional life, I have been engaged daily with news and ideas, and that will not change. But the time is right for me to take on different roles, knowing that we have truly talented teams and a passionate, principled leader in Lachlan who will become sole Chairman of both companies. Neither excessive pride nor false humility are admirable qualities. But I am truly proud of what we have achieved collectively through the decades, and I owe much to my colleagues, whose contributions to our success have sometimes been unseen outside the company but are deeply appreciated by me. Whether the truck drivers distributing our papers, the cleaners who toil when we have left the office, the assistants who support us or the skilled operators behind the cameras or the computer code, we would be less successful and have less positive impact on society without your day-after-day dedication. Our companies are in robust health, as am I. Our opportunities far exceed our commercial challenges. We have every reason to be optimistic about the coming years&mdash;I certainly am, and plan to be here to participate in them. But the battle for the freedom of speech and, ultimately, the freedom of thought, has never been more intense. My father firmly believed in freedom, and Lachlan is absolutely committed to the cause. Self-serving bureaucracies are seeking to silence those who would question their provenance and purpose. Elites have open contempt for those who are not members of their rarefied class. Most of the media is in cahoots with those elites, peddling political narratives rather than pursuing the truth. In my new role, I can guarantee you that I will be involved every day in the contest of ideas. Our companies are communities, and I will be an active member of our community. I will be watching our broadcasts with a critical eye, reading our newspapers and websites and books with much interest, and reaching out to you with thoughts, ideas, and advice. When I visit your countries and companies, you can expect to see me in the office late on a Friday afternoon. I look forward to seeing you wherever you work and whatever your responsibility. And I urge you to make the most of this great opportunity to improve the world we live in.&quot;</p>

Letter to Governor Sanders

<p>Letter from the U.S. Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, to Governor Sarah Huckabee-Sanders detailing the impact of the underfunding of University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.&nbsp;</p>

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan on Ken Paxton

<p>In an open letter after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was acquitted of the charges for which he was impeached, House Speaker Dade Phelan, a fellow Republican, wrote, &quot;Over the last two weeks, the Texas House Board of Managers provided the Texas Senate and the people of Texas extensive evidence of Ken Paxton&rsquo;s corruption, deception and self-dealing. It is extremely unfortunate that after hearing and evaluating this evidence, the Texas Senate chose not to remove him from office. Moreover, I find it deeply concerning that after weeks of claiming he would preside over this trial in an impartial and honest manner, Lt. Governor Patrick would conclude by confessing his bias and placing his contempt for the people&rsquo;s House on full display. To be clear, Patrick attacked the House for standing up against corruption. His tirade disrespects the Constitutional impeachment process afforded to us by the founders of this great state. The inescapable conclusion is that today&rsquo;s outcome appears to have been orchestrated from the start, cheating the people of Texas of justice. This impeachment was set in motion because Ken Paxton requested millions of taxpayer dollars to settle a lawsuit brought by conservative, senior employees who Paxton himself recruited to his office. These brave individuals were willing to sacrifice their reputations and careers to fight against the misconduct they witnessed, which included abuse of power, corruption, allegations of bribery, and allowing Nate Paul to act as the de facto Attorney General of Texas.&quot;</p>

Examples of 'indoctrination'

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Letter from Lakeside superintendent

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State audit report for the City of Pine Bluff

<p>Arkansas Legislative Joint Auditing Committee<span style="color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&#39;s report on the audit of financial statements for the City of Pine Bluff</span></p>

Letter from MHA board of commissioners

<p>Letter from the Metropolitan Housing Alliance board of commissioners&nbsp;</p>

House Bill 1010

<p>House Bill 1010 an act to amend the freedom of information act of 1967</p>

House bill 1011 FOIA amendment

<p>House Bill 1011 an act to amend the freedom of information act of 1967</p>

house bill 1011

<p>House Bill 1011 an act to amend the freedom of information act of 1967</p>

Senate bill 3 vaccine mandate

<p>Senate bill 3: an act to prohibit the government from mandating a vaccination of immunization for coronavirus 2019 or any subvariants of coronavirus 2019.</p>

House bill 1009 FOIA amendment

<p>House version of bill with proposed freedom of information act amendments.</p>

Senate bill 9 FOIA amendment

<p>Senate version of bill with proposed freedom of information act amendments.</p>

House bill 1003

<p>Act to Amend the freedom of information act of 1967. To exempt certain records from disclosure under FOIA of 1967.</p>

Senate bill 7

<p>Act to amend the freedom of information act of 1967; to exempt certain records from disclosure.&nbsp;</p>

Letter from French Hill to Marcia Fudge HUD

<p>Letter from French Hill to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Marcia Fudge requesting details about HUD&#39;s investigation in the Little Rock housing authority.&nbsp;</p>

Draft bill of proposed changes to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act

<p>Draft version of bill of proposed changes to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act state Legislators are expected to pursue in Monday&#39;s special session.&nbsp;</p><p>THIS IS A DRAFT BILL. THE OFFICIAL BILL HAS NOT BEEN FILED.&nbsp;</p>

Arkansas Community Institute report

<p>Arkansas Community Institute report that outlines how Arkansas eviction laws favor the landlord rather than the tenant.&nbsp;</p>

2023 HUD report

<p>QAD-FMR-MOR-2023-AR004 REPORT HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF LITTLE ROCK</p><p>Report issued to the Little Rock public housing authority by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development that identifies serious lapses in financial management.</p>

Arkansas Act 656 of 2023

<p>Act 656 of 2023, &quot;An Act Concerning Federally Funded Child Nutrition Programs; To Create A Means By Which Students Who Qualify For Reduced-price Meals At School Receive Free Meals At School; And For Other Purposes,&quot; was previously Senate Bill 477 and was introduced by Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe. It enables students who qualify for reduced-price school meals &mdash; an eligibility that is based on family income &mdash; to receive those breakfast and lunch meals at no cost to them. Specifically, the new state law directs that a &ldquo;public school that serves a school breakfast or a school lunch as part of a child nutrition program shall not charge a qualifying student a reduced-price co-payment for a school breakfast or a school lunch.&rdquo; In the 2022-23 school year, the most recent year for which data is available, approximately 46,000 of the state&rsquo;s nearly 477,000 public school students qualified for reduced-price school meals, according to Kimberly Mundell, a spokesperson for the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. The typical parent co-pays were 40 cents per school lunch and 30 cents per breakfast, Mundell said.</p>

Guidance for Arkansas Department of Education

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Texas resolution impeaching Attorney General Ken Paxton

<p>Texas House Resolution 2377 lays out the articles of impeachment against Attorney General Ken Paxton, including Disregard of Official Duty, Protection of Charitable Organization: &quot;While holding office as attorney general, Warren Kenneth Paxton violated the duties of his office by failing to act as public protector of charitable organizations as required by Chapter 123, Property Code. Specifically, Paxton caused employees of his office to intervene in a lawsuit brought by the Roy F. &amp; JoAnn Cole Mitte Foundation against several corporate entities controlled by Nate Paul. Paxton harmed the Mitte Foundation in an effort to benefit Paul.&quot; Also in the articles are Misapplication of Public Resources, Whistleblower Investigation and Report: &quot;While holding office as attorney general, Warren Kenneth Paxton misused public resources entrusted to him. Specifically, Paxton directed employees of his office to conduct a sham investigation into whistleblower complaints made by employees whom Paxton had terminated and to create and publish a lengthy written report containing false or misleading statements in Paxton&#39;s defense.&quot; The 20th and final article of impeachment states that Paxton &quot;used, misused, or failed to use his official powers in a manner calculated to subvert the lawful operation of the government of the State of Texas and obstruct the fair and impartial administration of justice, thereby bringing the Office of Attorney General into scandal and disrepute to the prejudice of public confidence in the government of this State, as shown by the acts described in one or more articles.&quot;</p>

CAW spending breakdown

<p>Document containing an email detailing Central Arkansas Water spending.</p>

Arkansas conceal carry law

<p>Current Arkansas law &sect;5-73-301 - &nbsp;&sect;5-73-327 governing the licensure of conceal and carry permits, including rules governing the use of a conceal and carry permit.</p>

Guidance for Arkansas Department of Education

<p>In response to questions from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette about guidelines for teachers to use to avoid violating state law on indoctrination, Mundell provided a link to a document titled &ldquo;Guidance for Arkansas Department of Education&rdquo; that includes a section titled &ldquo;Guidance in determining if items violate&rdquo; Sanders&rsquo; Jan. 10 executive order prohibiting &ldquo;indoctrination&rdquo; and the teaching of critical race theory in schools. &ldquo;Does the content perpetuate &lsquo;stereotyping&rsquo; by ascribing character traits, values, moral and ethical codes, privileges, status, or beliefs to an individual or group of people based on color, creed, race, ethnicity, sex, age, marital status, familial status, disability status, religion, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law?&rdquo; the guidance asks. The guidance also asks if the content perpetuates &ldquo;&lsquo;scapegoating&rsquo; by assigning fault, blame, or bias to an individual or group of people&rdquo; based on characteristics, such as race or national origin, protected by federal or state law. The guidance also asks whether the content promotes divisive concepts based on such characteristics, such as teaching that a &ldquo;group of people or individuals, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.&rdquo;</p>

AP African American studies year 2 pilot guide

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Oliva's letter to superintendents

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Olivia letter to superintendents 082123

<p>Department of Education Secretary Jacob Olivia letter to participating superintendents concerning AA studies.</p>

Saline County ordinance

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Estem AA studies letter

<p>Letter to parents from estem public charter school concerning the AP African American studies course.&nbsp;</p>

HUD letter 81623

<p>16 August 2023 HUD letter to the Little Rock board of commissions</p>

EStem letter

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Letter calls to slow down Little Rock sales tax vote

<p>Kathy Wells, president of the Coalition of Little Rock Neighborhoods, writes in a letter dated Wednesday, August 16, 2023, to Mayor Frank Scott and city directors: &quot;Please slow down this rush for a sales tax vote. Members of the Coalition of Little Rock Neighborhoods discussed the proposal and the list at our Aug. 12 meeting and we found too many details were lacking. More time is needed to address issues. A major one is a sunset clause that leaves ongoing operations lacking proper funding. The city must provide for that. Let&rsquo;s consider what&rsquo;s on the list and what&rsquo;s missing. We have a lack of housing made worse by the Mar. 31st tornado. How about a housing trust to provide the housing units we need? Consider shifting the parks $249 million to housing; that&rsquo;s 2,490 homes at $100,000 each, as a start for a discussion. Instead of an indoor sports complex costing $128 million that would only be used a handful of days &ndash; 85 days a year, according to the city consultant &ndash; plus, always running a deficit, let&rsquo;s talk about a joint user agreement with the public schools. Look at the Seattle practices of the years. The city pays half a million dollars annually for its use of school facilities. School millage pays for facilities &ndash; a progressive tax. Both agree on scheduled usage of fields and stadiums.&quot; It concludes, &quot;Let&rsquo;s get public safety plans focused on people not technology &ndash; like social workers on all shifts, in all precincts, with resources for referring those troubled residents they encounter. More diversions in circuit court are needed. End the boom-bust cycle of funding police, fire and emergency vehicles. Good government calls for a steady ongoing oversight operating city vehicles. Leave the port off this list; we have people to take care of.&quot;</p>

Fed minutes july 25-26

<p style='margin: 0px 0px 5px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: "Lucida Grande", Tahoma, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: normal; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 212); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;'>Most Federal Reserve officials last month still regarded high inflation as an ongoing threat that could require further interest rate increases, according to the minutes of their July 25-26 meeting released Wednesday.</p><p style='margin: 0px 0px 5px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: "Lucida Grande", Tahoma, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: normal; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 212); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;'>At the same time, the officials saw &ldquo;a number of tentative signs that inflation pressures could be abating.&rdquo; It was a mixed view that echoed Chair Jerome Powell&rsquo;s noncommittal stance about future rate increases at a news conference after the meeting.</p>

Little Rock sales tax project list

<p>A Sales Tax Project List for the city of Little Rock released Tuesday, August 15, 2023, shows a Capital vs. Operating Snapshot of Proposed Projects for the First 10 years of a proposed city sales tax. Projects include West Little Rock Fire Station Operations Ongoing, Public Safety - Community Oriented Policing and Mental Health Response, West Central Complex / Outdoor Pool, Senior Center and Pickleball, Rebsamen Soccer and Tennis, 15-Acre Park, 1st Tee Golf Expansion, AMFA Ongoing and the Little Rock Zoo Master Plan.</p><p><br></p>

Trump's Georgia Indictment 8/14/23

<p>Fulton County Superior Court INDICTMENT &pound;375 Mozzfee **F|LED** CA Date: August 14, 2023 Che Alexander, Clerk of Court Clerk No.wq&eacute;/7 FULTON SUPERIOR COURT </p>

April 2022 GOP special counsel letter

<p>In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland dated April 8, 2022 and signed by Republican lawmakers including Rick Crawford, R-Arkansas, the Republicans write: &quot;The United States Attorney&rsquo;s Office for the District of Delaware is currently investigating a number of Hunter Biden&rsquo;s activities, including his potential involvement with foreign businesses, avoiding proper disclosures of foreign business interests to the United States government, and outstanding tax liabilities. It is increasingly clear that Hunter Biden took advantage of his father&rsquo;s position as Vice President to develop business relationships with clients in Ukraine, China, and Kazakhstan. Additionally, it is clear from emails secured from Hunter Biden&rsquo;s laptop that he used a cash gift from a Ukrainian Natural Gas company, Burisma, of which he was a board member, to pay off personal tax liabilities. Finally, Hunter Biden likely facilitated lobbying for foreign entities through third-party channels without registering for the Foreign Agents Registration Act. It appears that Hunter Biden used his position as son of then-Vice President Biden to gain wealth and influence in foreign countries, using questionably sourced money to pay tax liabilities, and lobbying on behalf of foreign entities without proceeding through the proper channels. We are concerned that in the case of Hunter Biden the Department has an actual conflict of interest and certainly has the appearance of a conflict of interest that could prevent a fair and impartial investigation of his activities. You were nominated to your position by Hunter Biden&rsquo;s father and ultimately work for him.&quot; The letter argues that President Donald Trump and his administration were investigated for less serious accusations, and adds, &quot;We believe that in the case of Hunter Biden a Special Counsel must be appointed to preserve the integrity of this investigation and any subsequent prosecution. A Special Counsel would also ensure there is no bias in the investigation or undue influence from the White House. As Attorney General, you are responsible for pursuing impartial justice regardless of political considerations. Trust in government institutions has eroded in recent years. You have the ability in this situation to help restore some of that trust for the American people. Under the extraordinary circumstances established by Hunter Biden and President Biden&rsquo;s relationships, we ask that you appoint a Special Counsel to oversee this critical investigation.&quot; Other signatories of the letter include Jim Banks, Mo Brooks, Madison Cawthorn, Ronny Jackson, Paul Gosar, Dan Crenshaw and Clay Higgins.</p>

September 2022 GOP special counsel letter

<p>In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland signed by dozens of Senate Republicans, including Arkansas&#39; Tom Cotton, the Republicans write: &quot;We the undersigned write to request that United States Attorney David C. Weiss be extended special counsel protections and authorities to conduct the Hunter Biden investigation. During your confirmation hearing, you promised to keep politics out of the Department of Justice (&quot;DOJ&quot;). This promise has not been kept. On October 4, 2021, you unleashed DOJ&#39;s National Security Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (&quot;FBI&quot;), among other criminal components, on millions of concerned parents across the country, who were exercising their First Amendment rights to be involved in decisions about their children&#39;s education, including mask mandates, school closures, and the inclusion of critical race theory in school curricula. We have received hundreds of pieces of correspondence detailing how your memorandum chilled constitutionally protected speech. To date, you have failed to rescind this memorandum despite the fact that it was primarily based on a false predicate: the now disavowed National School Board Association Letter.&quot; The letter adds, &quot;As you know, the United States Attorney&#39;s Office for the District of Delaware -- led by U.S. Attorney Weiss -- has been investigating Hunter Biden. There is now way of knowing the entire scope of the investigation, but evidence seems to be mounting that Hunter Biden committed numerous federal crimes, including, but not limited to, tax fraud, money laundering, and foreign lobbying violations. ... It is clear that Hunter Biden thrived off of a &#39;pay to play&#39; culture of access to his father, then Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for financial compensation.&quot; It concludes, &quot;Given the politicization of the DOJ under your watch and the importance of avoiding any appearance of impropriety, the undersigned request that you provide U.S. Attorney Weiss the full protections and authorities of a special counsel,&quot; and other signatories include Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, Charles &quot;Chuck&quot; Grassley, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz and Marsha Blackburn.</p>

Central Arkansas Water opposes quartz mine

<p>Central Arkansas Water Board of Commissioners members at a meeting on Thursday, August 10, 2023 called on the U.S. Forest Service to deny a permit to a proposed quartz mine at Lake Winona. The objection, put forth in a resolution approved in a voice vote, states that the mine could create an &ldquo;unjust burden on water ratepayers.&rdquo; The resolution also asks the Forest Service to &ldquo;formally and permanently withdraw all land within one-half mile of the Lake Winona high-water mark from future mining exploration and reserve these lands for conservation purposes.&rdquo; The resolution states, in part, &quot;Whereas, the mine operator has expressed interest in mining during the winter months and the United States Forest Service has placed a restriction in the proposed permit for tree cutting activities to only occur from November 1 to February 28 to mitigate for Northern Long-Ear Bat and Indianna Bat migration disturbance; and whereas, soil disturbance from logging and mining during these months increases the disturbance potential to Lake Winona. These months see increased rains and a loss of vegetative cover meaning sediment runoff potential increases. This increased sediment into the lake will lower the lake&rsquo;s water quality during this time; and whereas, the mine operator has expressed interest to add an additional road to the tract&quot; -- a source of sedimentation, it argues -- &quot;and whereas, changes in operations caused by excess sediment would create increased costs to pump and treat water from an alternate source and/or undue costs to purchase water from another system.&quot;</p>

Jack Smith searches Twitter in Trump case

<p>Special counsel Jack Smith&#39;s team obtained a search warrant in January 2023 for records related to former President Donald Trump&#39;s Twitter account, and a judge levied a $350,000 fine on the company for missing the deadline to comply, according to court documents released Wednesday, August 9, 2023. The new details were included in a ruling from the federal appeals court in Washington over a legal battle surrounding the warrant that has played out under seal for months. The court rejected Twitter&#39;s claim that it should not have been held in contempt or sanctioned. Trump, a Republican, has pleaded not guilty to charges including conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of Congress&#39; certification of Biden&#39;s win. He posted on his Truth Social platform on Wednesday that the Justice Department &quot;secretly attacked&quot; his Twitter account, and he characterized the investigation as an attempt to &quot;infringe&quot; on his bid to reclaim the White House in 2024. It&#39;s unclear what information Smith may have sought from Trump&#39;s account. Possibilities include data about when and where the posts were written, their engagement and the identities of other accounts that reposted Trump&#39;s content. The redacted ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals ends with, &quot;In sum, we affirm the district court&#39;s rulings in all respects. The district court properly rejected Twitter&#39; s First Amendment challenge to the nondisclosure order. Moreover, the district court acted within the bounds of its discretion to manage its docket when it declined to stay its enforcement of the warrant while the First Amendment claim was litigated. Finally, the district court followed the appropriate procedures before finding Twitter in contempt of court - including giving Twitter an opportunity to be heard and a chance to purge its contempt to avoid sanctions. Under the circumstances, the court did not abuse its discretion when it ultimately held Twitter in contempt and imposed a $350,000 sanction.&quot;</p>

Friday Eldredge Clark letter Central Arkansas Water

<p>Central Arkansas Water engaged the law firm Friday, Eldredge &amp; Clark for an investigation of an unknown employee, records show in a story published Monday, August 7, 2023. The firm&rsquo;s report appears to have been discussed at a lengthy and uncommon special-called meeting of the water utility&rsquo;s board of commissioners in June, but it&rsquo;s unclear if action was taken as a result of the findings. In response to questions from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Tad Bohannon, Central Arkansas Water&rsquo;s chief executive officer, declined to provide details of what occurred. &ldquo;Your questions involve a personnel matter and, therefore, CAW [Central Arkansas Water] has no comment at this time,&rdquo; Bohannon wrote in an email. The utility&rsquo;s general counsel declined to provide a copy of the report. In response to an Arkansas Freedom of Information Act request for reports, memoranda or investigations prepared by the firm for Central Arkansas Water in 2022 or 2023, General Counsel David Johnson wrote in an email, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m aware of one report that the Friday Firm completed for CAW during the time frame that you mention. It is a performance evaluation report not subject to production under FOIA.&rdquo;</p>

Endangered Species Act of 1973

<p>SEC. 2. (a) FINDINGS.&mdash;The Congress finds and declares that&mdash; (1) various species of fish, wildlife, and plants in the United States have been rendered extinct as a consequence of economic growth and development untempered by adequate concern and conservation; (2) other species of fish, wildlife, and plants have been so depleted in numbers that they are in danger of or threatened with extinction; (3) these species of fish, wildlife, and plants are of esthetic, ecological, educational, historical, recreational, and scientific value to the Nation and its people; (4) the United States has pledged itself as a sovereign state in the international community to conserve to the extent practicable the various species of fish or wildlife and plants facing extinction, pursuant to&mdash; (A) migratory bird treaties with Canada and Mexico; </p>

Request for Reconsideration Of Library Material Form

<p>If you wish to recommend the re-evaluation of material in the library&rsquo;s collection, please fill out this form in its entirety. Use one form per item. </p>

Trump indictment in Capitol riot

<p><span style='color: rgb(56, 56, 56); font-family: "AP Serif"; font-size: 20px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;'>Former President Donald Trump has been indicted on four felony charges in connection with efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election in the run-up to the violent riot by his supporters at the U.S. Capitol.</span></p>

Trump's Jan. 6 Indictment

<p>1. The Defendant, DONALD J. TRUMP, was the forty-fifth President of the United States and a candidate for re-election in 2020. The Defendant lost the 2020 presidential election. 2. Despite having lost, the Defendant was determined to remain in power. So for more than two months following election day on November 3, 2020, the Defendant spread lies that there had been outcome-determinative fraud in the election and that he had actually won. These claims were false, and the Defendant knew that they were false. But the Defendant repeated and widely Case 1:23-cr-00257-TSC Document 1 Filed 08/01/23 Page 1 of 45 disseminated them anyway&mdash;to make his knowingly false claims appear legitimate, create an intense national atmosphere of mistrust and anger, and erode public faith in the administration of the election. </p>

Private, parochial schools seek state vouchers

<p>More than 80 of Arkansas&rsquo; private and parochial schools have applied to date to participate in the state&rsquo;s new Educational Freedom Accounts program, enabling eligible students to use taxpayer money to meet at least part of their tuition and other school costs in the 2023-24 school year, according to a story printed Sunday, July 30, 2023. Some of the private schools that have applied to the state and are approved to be able to accept the publicly funded vouchers &mdash; about $6,672 per student this new school year &mdash; are Ozark Catholic Academy in Tontitown, Victory Christian School in Camden, Maranatha Baptist Christian School in El Dorado, The Academy of TLC in Jonesboro, Christ Academy in Newport, Prism North America headquartered in Fayetteville and Shiloh Christian Schools in Springdale and Rogers. Others on the long list of approved schools include Little Rock&rsquo;s Pulaski Academy, Episcopal Collegiate School, Little Rock Christian Academy, Little Rock Catholic High, Mount St. Mary Academy and Baptist Preparatory Academy.</p>

Judge blocks Arkansas on library law

<p>A federal judge in Fayetteville on Saturday, July 29, 2023 temporarily blocked enforcement of two provisions of Act 372, a new state law on library materials, days before the law was scheduled to take effect on Tuesday. Citing the potential for the curtailing of the plaintiffs&rsquo; First Amendment rights in the absence of a preliminary injunction, the decision puts the contested parts of the law on hold pending a final ruling on their constitutionality. In a 49-page order, U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks of the Western District of Arkansas signaled a willingness to side with the plaintiffs on the constitutional issues. The judge wrote that &ldquo;the passage of Act 372 prompts a few simple, yet unanswered questions. For example: What has happened in Arkansas to cause its communities to lose faith and confidence in their local librarians? What is it that prompted the General Assembly&rsquo;s newfound suspicion? And why has the State found it necessary to target librarians for criminal prosecution?&rdquo;</p>

Japan 2023 defense paper

<p>The Japanese government stepped up its alarm over Chinese assertiveness, warning in a report issued Friday, July 28, 2023 that the country faces its worst security threats since World War II as it plans to implement a new strategy that calls for a major military buildup. The 2023 defense white paper, approved by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida&rsquo;s Cabinet, is the first since the government adopted a new National Security Strategy in December, seen as a break from Japan&rsquo;s postwar policy limiting the use of force to self-defense. China, Russia and North Korea contribute to &ldquo;the most severe and complex security environment since the end of World War II,&rdquo; according to the 510-page report. It states China&rsquo;s external stance and military activities have become a &ldquo;serious concern for Japan and the international community and present an unprecedented and the greatest strategic challenge.&rdquo;</p>

Little Rock sales-tax proposal July 2023

<p>Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. on Thursday, July 27, 2023 publicly outlined his sales-tax proposal for the first time during a &ldquo;working session&rdquo; on the subject with members of the city&rsquo;s Board of Directors. As presented, Scott&rsquo;s proposal would add 1 percentage point to the city&rsquo;s sales-tax rate for 10 years. However, at the conclusion of the session, Scott indicated the proposal likely will be revised to remove the sunset date based on city directors&rsquo; feedback during the meeting. Scott&rsquo;s proposal contemplates spending $600 million over a 10-year period, with $371.5 million allocated for capital improvements and $228.5 million for new operating expenses.</p>

Trump superseding indictment

<p>Former President Donald Trump faced new charges Thursday, July 27, 2023 in a case accusing him of illegally possessing classified documents, with prosecutors alleging that he asked a staffer to delete camera footage at his Florida estate in an effort to obstruct a federal investigation into the records. The indictment includes new counts of obstruction and willful retention of national defense information, adding fresh detail to an indictment issued last month against Trump and a close aide. The additional charges came as a surprise at a time of escalating anticipation of a possible additional indictment in Washington over his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. The updated allegations make clear the vast -- and unknown -- scope of legal exposure faced by Trump as he seeks to reclaim the White House in 2024 while fending off criminal cases in multiple cities. The new allegations from special counsel Jack Smith center on surveillance footage at Trump&#39;s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, evidence that has long been vital to the case. Trump is alleged to have asked to have the footage deleted after FBI and Justice Department investigators visited in June 2022 to collect classified documents he took with him after leaving the White House. The new indictment also charges him with i llegally holding onto a document he&#39;s alleged to have shown off to visitors in New Jersey. Prosecutors accuse Trump of scheming with his valet, Walt Nauta, and a Mar-a-Lago property manager, Carlos De Oliveira, to conceal the footage from federal investigators after they issued a subpoena for it. Video from the property would ultimately play a significant role in the investigation because, prosecutors said, it captured Nauta moving boxes of documents in and out of a storage room -- including one such incident a day before a Justice Department visit to the property. According to the indictment, Nauta met with De Oliveira on June 25, 2022, at Mar-a-Lago, where they went to a security guard booth where surveillance video was displayed on monitors and walked with a flashlight through a tunnel where the storage room was located, observing and pointing out surveillance cameras. Two days later, according to the indictment, De Oliveira walked with an unidentified Trump employee to an audio room, where De Oliveira asked how many days the server retained footage. De Oliveira, prosecutors said, told the other employee &quot;that &#39;the boss&#39; wanted the server deleted&quot; and asked, &quot;What are we going to do?&quot; During a voluntary interview with the FBI last January, prosecutors say, De Oliveira lied when he said he &quot;never saw nothing&quot; with regard to boxes at Mar-a-Lago. De Oliveira was added to the indictment, charged with obstruction and false statements related to an interview he gave the FBI earlier this year. His lawyer declined to comment Thursday evening.</p>

Arkansas Act 883 (Senate Bill 543) of 2023

<p>Act 883 of the Arkansas 2023 Regular Session, which started as Senate Bill 543 by Sen. Kim Hammer, R-Benton, and Rep. Bruce Cozart, R-Hot Springs, is entitled &quot;An Act To Amend Arkansas Law Concerning School District Boards Of Directors; Amending A Portion Of Law Resulting From Initiated Act 1 Of 1990; And For Other Purposes,&quot; and subtitled &quot;To Amend Arkansas Law Concerning School District Boards Of Directors And Amending A Portion Of Law Resulting From Initiated Act 1 Of 1990.&quot; However, section 3 of the law will broaden the situations in which school board members can meet in private discussions known as executive sessions: &quot;In addition to the circumstances in which an executive session is permitted under the Freedom of Information Act of 1967, the board of directors may meet in executive session for the purposes of: (A) Pre-litigation discussions; (B) Litigation updates; (C) The discussion and consideration of settlement offers; (D) The discussion and consideration of contract disputes with the superintendent of the school district; and (E) Discussions pertaining to real property.&quot;</p>

Grassley declassified Hunter Biden document

<p>U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, released an unclassified document Thursday, July 20, 2023, that Republicans claim is significant in their investigation of Hunter Biden as they delve into the financial affairs of the president and his son and revive previously debunked claims of wrongdoing. Grassley has been working alongside House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., as Republicans deepen their probe of President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, ahead of the 2024 election. Comer had issued a subpoena for the document from the FBI. While lawmakers on the Oversight Committee have already been able to partly review the information, this is the first time the full document &mdash; which contains raw, unverified information &mdash; is being made public. Called an FD-1023 form, it involves claims a confidential informant made in 2020 about Hunter Biden&rsquo;s alleged business dealings when he served on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma. Top Republicans have acknowledged that they cannot confirm whether the information is true. U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Oversight panel, said the document released by Republicans &ldquo;records the unverified, secondhand, years-old allegations&rdquo; that were already shown to be not true during the 2019 impeachment hearings. Grassley said while the FBI had released a redacted version to lawmakers, he was able to provide a fuller document because whistleblowers made it available to him.</p>

Little Rock pay raises ordinance 7/19/23

<p>AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND LITTLE ROCK, ARK., REV. CODE &sect; 2-116 4 (2) (1988) TO INCREASE THE SALARIES OF MEMBERS OF THE 5 BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO TWENTY-EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS 6 ($28,000.00) PER YEAR; TO MAKE OTHER CORRECTIONS TO THE 7 CODE PROVISION; AND, FOR OTHER PURPOSES. </p>

Arkansas Supreme Court Office of Ethics Counsel

<p>In an opinion/order dated July 14, 2023, the Arkansas Supreme Court wrote that its &quot;separate Bar of Arkansas financial account is funded solely by annual law license fees paid by Arkansas attorneys. These funds are used solely to support various court programs, including the Office of Ethics Counsel (OEC). Budgetary constraints within the Bar of Arkansas account have necessitated decisions regarding court programs. Consequently, effective August 1, 2023, the OEC will no longer be funded. The office will be closed on that date, and the court will no longer employ an Ethics Counsel. The archived files of the OEC will be maintained by the clerk of this court as confidential under OEC Rule 11.B, and the files will be destroyed as provided therein or under other orders that may be issued by the court. The OEC website on the Arkansas Judiciary website will be deactivated at the time the office is closed. The court expresses its appreciation to Ethics Counsel Stark Ligon.&quot;</p>

Veterans Affairs, Westerman letters on Pride flag

<p>A letter to U.S. Rep. Steve Westerman, an Arkansas Republican, from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on July 3, 2023, is sent in response to a June letter asking for clarification on Pride flags at VA facilities. The first letter, it states, &quot;has been referred to the appropriate office within the Department for review,&quot; and an official response is pledged. In response, Westerman writes, &quot;Thank you for your poorly written, meaningless interim response,&quot; and adds, &quot;Please be assured that my communications to the Appropriations Committee and my colleagues in the House will be much more organized and better articulated when I lobby them to cut funding to your political staff and others who are advocating and implementing these political issues in what should be an apolitical agency.&quot;</p>

House GOP letter on Pride flags

<p>In a letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs dated June 6, 2023 and signed by House Republicans, including all four of Arkansas&#39; congressmen, lawmakers write: &quot;It has come to our attention that in accordance with the Presidential Proclamation entitled, &ldquo;A Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Pride Month, 2023,&rdquo; signed by President Biden on May 31, 2023, that Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities have been authorized to display Pride flags during the month of June. While we join many in questioning whether the display of these flags at VA facilities is an appropriate use of taxpayer funding, we write to you today to express our concern about the way in which the flag is being displayed, and how the display of this flag impacts other symbols of our nation and the commitment we have made to our veterans. Specifically, we are concerned that Pride flags are being flown and displayed at the expense of other traditional flags at VA facilities, such as the American flag, whose Stars and Stripes represent all Americans.&quot; The letter further states, &quot;Veterans who have served our country deserve to enter a facility that is free from discrimination and political posturing. These men and women were apolitical when they served our country, and we should strive to provide them with an apolitical VA when they seek the care, benefits, and services that they have earned. By close of business on June 16, 2023, please provide us with an explanation for how VA intends to ensure none of its facilities violate its own policy which does not allow flags promoting politics, or any particular viewpoint or ideology. Please also provide your assurances, in writing, that any Pride flag that has replaced an aforementioned traditional flag has been removed and the traditional flag has been placed in its proper position.&quot;</p>

Kansas transgender licenses lawsuit

<p>The Republican attorney general of Kansas sued Friday, July 7, 2023 to force the state to be among a few that prohibit transgender people from changing their sex on their driver&rsquo;s licenses and to repudiate the Democratic governor, who continues to allow such changes despite a new anti-trans law. Attorney General Kris Kobach filed his lawsuit in state court, seeking an order to stop Gov. Laura Kelly, and agencies under her control, from letting transgender people change their licenses. Kobach contends a law that took effect last week prevents such changes and requires the state to reverse any previous changes in its records. Kobach&#39;s lawsuit states in part, &quot;The Governor cannot pick and choose which laws she will enforce and which laws she will ignore. Yet that is what she has done with respect to SB 180, which established our state&rsquo;s Women&rsquo;s Bill of Rights. The Legislature decisively passed, and overrode the Governor&rsquo;s veto of, the Women&rsquo;s Bill of Rights. That law expressly requires that documents such as driver&rsquo;s licenses reflect biological sex, i.e., sex at birth, and not a person&rsquo;s chosen &#39;gender identity.&#39; But the Governor announced she will not comply with the Women&rsquo;s Bill of Rights and has instructed her subordinate agencies, including the Department of Revenue&rsquo;s Division of Vehicles, to disregard it. In the words of John Adams, we have &#39;a government of laws, and not of men.&#39; The Legislature makes the law, and the executive branch&mdash;including the Governor and her subordinates&mdash;must execute it, whether they like the law or not. She does not possess the power that English monarchs claimed prior to the &#39;Glorious Revolution&#39; of 1688, namely, the power to suspend the operation of statutes.&quot;</p>

9th Circuit ruling, dissents on homeless

<p>Some of the most powerful conservative judges in the United States took collective aim Wednesday, July 5, 2023 at the idea that homeless people with nowhere else to go have a right to sleep in public, excoriating their liberal colleagues for ruling as much. Their scathing comments came in a set of responses to a decision Wednesday by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals not to rehear a case in which a smaller three-judge panel affirmed such rights in September. In their responses, the court&rsquo;s conservative wing painted a dystopian portrait of an American West deprived of its public spaces and under siege by an overwhelming epidemic of homelessness. Judge Milan Smith Jr., one of the court&rsquo;s older conservative judges who was appointed by President George W. Bush, wrote in one dissent that homelessness is &ldquo;presently the defining public health and safety crisis in the western United States,&rdquo; adding, &quot;In the City of Los Angeles alone, there are roughly 70,000 homeless persons. There are stretches of the city where one cannot help but think the government has shirked its most basic responsibilities under the social contract: providing public safety and ensuring that public spaces remain open to all. One-time public spaces like parks&mdash;many of which provide scarce outdoor space in dense, working-class neighborhoods&mdash;are filled with thousands of tents and makeshift structures, and are no longer welcoming to the broader community. It is a status quo that fails both those in the homeless encampments and those near them. The homeless disproportionately risk being the victims of violence, sexual assault, and drug-related death,4 and encampments&rsquo; unsanitary conditions have caused resurgences of plagues such as typhus, tuberculosis, and hepatitis-A. For those who live, work, and attend school near these encampments, they have become a source of fear and frustration.&quot;</p>

Iowa governor calls for abortion special session

<p>Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 called a special legislative session to pursue new abortion restrictions after the state Supreme Court declined to reinstate a 2018 ban after about six weeks of pregnancy. The court was split 3-3 in June and did not issue a decision on the merits of the law, leaving open the possibility that the GOP-controlled Legislature would try to pass a similar ban. In the meantime, abortion remains legal in Iowa up to 20 weeks of pregnancy. Lawmakers will meet on July 11, 2023. &ldquo;Iowans deserve to have their legislative body address the issue of abortion expeditiously and all unborn children deserve to have their lives protected by the government as the fetal heartbeat law did,&rdquo; Reynolds wrote in the order.</p>

Federal Reserve June 2023 minutes

<p>Some Federal Reserve officials pushed to raise the Fed&rsquo;s key interest rate by one-quarter of a percentage point at their June 2023 meeting to intensify their fight against high inflation, though the central bank ultimately decided to forgo a rate hike. In a sign of growing division among the policymakers, some officials favored a quarter-point increase or said they &ldquo;could have supported such a proposal,&rdquo; according to the minutes of the June 13-14 meeting released Wednesday. In the end, the 11 voting members of the Fed&rsquo;s interest-rate setting committee agreed unanimously to skip an increase after 10 straight. But they signaled that they might raise rates twice more this year, beginning as soon as this month. In Fed parlance, &ldquo;some&rdquo; is less than &ldquo;most&rdquo; or &ldquo;many,&rdquo; evidence that the support for another rate increase was a minority view. And some who held that view were likely unable to vote at the meeting; the 18 members of the Fed&rsquo;s policymaking committee vote on a rotating basis.</p>

LEARNS notice of appeal

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Copy of LEARNS notice of appeal</span></p>

Saline County attorney resignation letter

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California reparations executive summary

<p>It was a report two years in the making &mdash; one that details how California, a state that never officially sanctioned slavery, can confront decades of policies that have kept Black residents from living in the neighborhoods they choose, being treated fairly at doctor&rsquo;s visits and building generational wealth. California&rsquo;s reparations task force completed its work Thursday, June 29, 2023 and turned more than 100 recommendations over to the Legislature, the first work of its kind in the United States. The nearly 1,100-page document recommends the state formally apologize and suggests how to calculate monetary reparations. The executive summary, which runs 74 pages including citations, is an overview of the research and conclusions.</p>

Bryan Sanders Arkansas parks advertising

<p>Arkansas officials in an email exchange earlier this year expressed differing views over first gentleman Bryan Sanders&rsquo; interest in managing an advertising account for the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. Mike Mills, former secretary of the department, said in a March 24 email that Bryan Sanders &ldquo;wants to take over&rdquo; the department&rsquo;s account with CJRW, a Little Rock-based advertising agency. In response, Jordan Powell, director of public affairs for Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said in a March 27, 2023 email that Bryan Sanders &ldquo;certainly has no interest in a &lsquo;takeover&rsquo; of any ad account.&rdquo;</p>

Order blocking Arkansas from enforcing LEARNS Act

<p><span style='color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: georgia, times, serif, "lucida grande", tahoma, arial, verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 17px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;'>A Pulaski County Circuit judge has again blocked the state from enforcing the LEARNS Act in an order Friday, putting the education law into legal limbo.</span></p>

Ruling delays LEARNS Act until August 2023

<p>A Pulaski County circuit judge blocked the state on <span style="color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: normal; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Friday, June 30, 2023,&nbsp;</span>from enforcing the LEARNS Act. The ruling from Pulaski County Circuit Judge Herbert Wright means the LEARNS Act won&rsquo;t take effect until August 1, delaying implementation of most of the law which had been in place since early March. The lawsuit, filed May 8, aims to delay when the LEARNS Act &mdash; Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders&rsquo; plan to overhaul public education &mdash; can take effect. The plaintiffs, a group of Phillips County residents and two public education activists, argue lawmakers didn&rsquo;t follow the Arkansas Constitution when approving the LEARNS Act&rsquo;s emergency clause, a parliamentary move to make a law take effect immediately. At the center of the lawsuit is a dispute over what the word &ldquo;separate&rdquo; means. Article 5, Section 1, of the Arkansas Constitution states the Legislature needs to hold &ldquo;separate roll call&rdquo; votes to approve a bill&rsquo;s emergency clause. Since the Arkansas House of Representatives and Senate held only one vote for the LEARNS Act and its emergency clause, it &ldquo;was not passed in accordance with the Arkansas Constitution,&rdquo; Wright ruled.</p>

Complaint in social media lawsuit

<p>Arkansas Senate Bill 396 is the latest attempt in a long line of government efforts to restrict new forms of expression based on concerns that they harm minors. ...</p>

Robert Steinbuch's Mismatch and Bar Passage

<p>In &quot;Mismatch and Bar Passage: A School-Specific Analysis,&quot; revised for the Journal of Legal Education in December 2020 by Richard Sander and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Robert Steinbuch, the thesis stems from a 2005 analysis: &quot;Sander showed that the group of law students who received (on average) the largest preferences, African-Americans, tended to have very low law school grades &ndash; an effect he found was entirely due to preferences &ndash; and were far more likely than other students to fail the bar after multiple attempts &ndash; another &ldquo;preference&rdquo; effect rather than a &ldquo;race&rdquo; effect. Without preferences, African-Americans would have grades comparable to whites and the bar passage gap would substantially narrow. Using simulations, Sander concluded that the number of African-American lawyers would probably increase if preferences were eliminated.&quot; The research, cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in overturning affirmative action, concludes, &quot;The mismatch effect in our models can therefore account for the large disparities in bar passage across racial lines. If our findings can be generalized, they largely account for the very serious disparity between the racial makeup of first-year law students and the practicing bar. No other credible explanation has been advanced to explain the bar passage gap, and the problems are far too serious to ignore. What then, should be done? There are many possible steps: creating good datasets that link law student data to data on bar scores; studying possible ways to reduce mismatch through academic support; perhaps even developing controlled experiments to assess how preferences affect long-term outcomes. The most important initial step to take is for the legal academy to simply acknowledge a serious problem that must be addressed, and undertake inclusive, honest, and data-driven conversations.&quot;</p>

House Oversight letters on Hunter Biden

<p>In letters to Attorney General Merrick Garland and to the head of the Secret Service, House Republicans including Jim Jordan, Jason Smith and James Comer say that they &quot;have identified several Department employees who we believe to possess information concerning allegations of politicization and misconduct with respect to the Department&rsquo;s investigation of Hunter Biden. Specifically, the Committees seek to examine whistleblower claims that the Department&rsquo;s investigation of Hunter Biden was purposely slow-walked and subjected to improper and politically motivated interference.&quot;</p>

Trump counterclaim against E. Jean Carroll

<p>Former President Donald Trump, who has been found liable for sexually abusing and defaming writer E. Jean Carroll, has countersued, accusing her of defaming him by repeating her contention that he had raped her. In a countersuit filed Tuesday, June 27, 2023, lawyers for Trump write that Carroll&#39;s statements, including one to a Trump attorney that Trump &quot;did it and you know it,&quot; were false or were said &quot;with reckless disregard for their truth or falsity.&quot; The jury in the earlier case did not convict Trump of rape, but did find him liable for sexual abuse and defamation, so the countersuit says that Carroll made statements against Trump &quot;with actual malice and ill will with an intent to significantly and spitefully harm and attack Counterclaimant&rsquo;s reputation, as these false statements were clearly contrary to the jury verdict in Carroll II whereby Counterclaimant was found not liable for rape by the jury.&quot; The suit says that Carroll&#39;s &quot;repeated falsehoods and defamatory statements&quot; against Trump have caused him to be &quot;the subject of significant harm to his reputation, which, in turn, has yielded an inordinate amount of damages sustained as a result.&quot;</p>

Email from JoAnn Maxey to UA board

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;Email from JoAnn Maxey to UA board</span></p>

UA trustees resolution to support Donald Bobbitt

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">UA trustees resolution to support Donald Bobbitt.</span></p>

House GOP proposes expunging Trump impeachments

<p>Separate June 2023 resolutions call to expunge President Donald Trump&#39;s two impeachments from the record. U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene focuses on the December 18, 2019 impeachment involving Ukraine, arguing that &quot;President Trump was wrongfully accused of misconduct in House Resolution 755, &#39;Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors,&#39; as demonstrated by the information revealed in an unclassified FD-1023 FBI document&quot; and that her resolution would make it &quot;as if such Articles had never passed the full House of Representatives, as the facts and circumstances upon which such Articles were based did not meet the burden of proving the commission of &#39;high Crimes and Misdemeanors&#39;, as set forth in section 4 of article II of the Constitution.&quot; U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik&#39;s resolution focuses on the January 13, 2021 impeachment, arguing that the resolution &quot;contains a subjective account of that which transpired at the Capitol on January 6, 2021&quot; and &quot;omits any discussion of the circumstances, unusual voting patterns, and voting anomalies of the 2020 Presidential election itself.&quot; Stefanik&#39;s resolution also takes Democrats to task for making &quot;no effort to understand the rationale behind the widespread mistrust harbored by American voters in the wake of the 2020 Presidential election,&quot; and criticizes &quot;the mainstream media&quot; and &quot;Governors and Secretaries of State in key swing States like Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia.&quot; It also repeats some of Trump&#39;s observations about the vote, stating in part: &quot;Whereas President Trump won 18 of the 19 bellwether counties across the country that have predicted the winner of every Presidential election since 1980; Whereas President Trump received approximately 10,100,000 more votes than in the 2016 Presidential election, making President Trump the first incumbent President in 132 years, since Grover Cleveland&rsquo;s failed bid for reelection in 1888, to have increased his vote from his initial election and seemingly still not won reelection in the subsequent cycle ...&quot; In addition, Stefanik argues, &quot;the consideration of the Resolution by the House of Representatives failed to follow any meaningful legislative process whatsoever.&quot;</p>

National Intelligence report on Wuhan, covid-19

<p>A report declassified in June 2023 states in part, &quot;This report responds to the COVID-19 Origin Act of 2023, which called for the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) to declassify information relating to potential links between the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic. This report outlines the IC&rsquo;s understanding of the WIV, its capabilities, and the actions of its personnel leading up to and in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. This report does not address the merits of the two most likely pandemic origins hypotheses, nor does it explore other biological facilities in Wuhan other than the WIV. A classified annex to this report includes information that was necessary to exclude from the unclassified portion of this report in order to protect sources and methods, but the information contained in the annex is consistent with the unclassified assessments contained in this report. This report was drafted by the National Intelligence Officer for Weapons of Mass Destruction and Proliferation and coordinated with the IC.&quot;</p>

Lauren Boebert's resolution to impeach Biden

<p>Representative Lauren Boebert&#39;s June 2023 measure to impeach Biden states, in part, that the president &quot;has knowingly presided over an executive branch that has continuously, overtly, and consistently violated Federal immigration law by pursuing an aggressive, open-borders agenda&quot;. In addition, Boebert argues, &quot;President Biden has intentionally facilitated a complete and total invasion at the southern border,&quot; pursuing an &quot;open-border agenda ... to the detriment of the American people.&quot; Drugs are also cited: &quot;On Joe Biden&rsquo;s watch, illicit fentanyl has killed more than 100,000 American citizens. In fiscal year 2023, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol 24 seized more than 9,000 pounds of fentanyl at the southern border.&quot;</p><p><br></p>

Emails between UA System trustees and president

<p>Email from Sheffield Nelson to his fellow University of Arkansas System Board of trustees members and UA System President Donald Bobbitt&#39;s response to the UA System board.</p><p>The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has removed names and email addresses of other recipients in this file.</p>

LR short-term rental ordinance

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Little Rock&#39;s short-term rental ordinance.</span></p>

Mike Mills email to Shea Lewis

<p>Mike Mills email to Shea Lewis.</p>

Saline County Quorum Court agenda June 19, 2023

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Mike Mills email to Teddy Stewart

<p>Mike Mills email to Teddy Stewart.</p>

Justice Department report on Minneapolis Police

<p>The Justice Department on Friday, June 16, 2023 issued a withering critique of Minneapolis police, alleging that they systematically discriminated against racial minorities, often violated constitutional rights and disregarded the safety of people in custody for years before George Floyd was killed. The report was the result of a sweeping two-year probe, and it confirmed many of the citizen complaints about police conduct that emerged after Floyd&rsquo;s 2020 death. The investigation found that Minneapolis officers used excessive force, including &ldquo;unjustified deadly force,&rdquo; and violated the rights of people engaged in constitutionally protected speech. The investigation also concluded that both police and the city discriminated against Black and Native American people and those with &ldquo;behavioral health disabilities.&rdquo; &ldquo;We observed many MPD officers who did their difficult work with professionalism, courage and respect,&rdquo; Attorney General Merrick Garland told a news conference in Minneapolis. &ldquo;But the patterns and practices we observed made what happened to George Floyd possible.&rdquo;</p>

Arkansas Supreme Court LEARNS Act ruling

<p>The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday, June 15, 2023 overturned a lower court ruling, clearing the way for the LEARNS Act to again go into effect as the case remains mired in a legal fight. The 5-2 ruling reverses an order blocking the LEARNS Act from taking effect and reversing the case back to Pulaski County Circuit Court, where both sides await a hearing scheduled for June 20, 2023. The judgment states: &quot;We have repeatedly held that harm is normally considered irreparable only when it cannot be adequately compensated by money damages or redressed in a court of law. ... Appellees&rsquo; claims regarding the expenditure of funds under the transformation contract are clearly monetary in nature and are therefore not considered irreparable. The alleged harm from the nonrenewal of the employment contracts and other adverse effects related to these nonrenewals can also be adequately compensated by money damages or redressed in a court of law. ... In addition, appellees&rsquo; argument that MESD risks being consolidated, dissolved, or divided in retaliation for this lawsuit is entirely speculative and thus does not support a finding of irreparable harm. ... With regard to appellees&rsquo; claim that they were deprived of an opportunity to provide feedback on the transformation contract due to its immediate execution, appellees have cited no authority that gives them this right. Furthermore, the Board&rsquo;s meeting wherein it approved the transformation contract was open to the public. Finally, the CAPES appellees&rsquo; claim that their constitutional right of referendum would be impaired is also without merit, as their ability to collect signatures and otherwise pursue their referendum petition on the LEARNS Act is not affected by the absence of a restraining order. Accordingly, because appellees failed to meet their burden of proving irreparable harm, the circuit court abused its discretion in granting the motion for a TRO. We therefore reverse the circuit court&rsquo;s order, vacate the TRO, and remand to the circuit court. Reversed and remanded; temporary restraining order vacated.&quot;</p>

Arkansas Supreme Court decision on LEARNS Act restraining order

<p>Arkansas Supreme Court decision on LEARNS Act restraining order</p>

Memo from Little Rock city attorney

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Memo from Little Rock city attorney.</span></p>

Federal indictment against former President Donald Trump

<p><span style="color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Former President Donald Trump is facing 37 felony charges related to the mishandling of classified documents, according to an indictment unsealed Friday that alleges that he described a Pentagon &ldquo;plan of attack&rdquo; and shared a classified map related to a military operation.</span></p>

Resolution to hold FBI's Wray in contempt

<p>The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, June 7, 2023 called off a vote on a contempt of Congress charge against FBI Director Christopher Wray, accepting a last-minute offer by the bureau to allow the full committee access to a confidential document of an unverified tip about President Joe Biden. Rep. James Comer said in a statement that the committee is removing this contempt resolution against Wray from the schedule after receiving an accommodation that would give the full committee access to the document. &ldquo;Allowing all Oversight Committee members to review this record is an important step toward conducting oversight of the FBI and holding it accountable to the American people,&rdquo; the Kentucky Republican said. The action that played out over the last month against Wray reflects a larger breakdown between Republicans and the FBI that has only intensified this year, with some conservatives talking openly about trying to defund the bureau.</p>

AG Tim Griffin's memo certifying ballot language of proposed referendum to repeal the LEARNS Act

<p>Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin&#39;s memo certifying ballot language of proposed referendum to repeal the LEARNS Act</p>

Libraries, booksellers sue to overturn parts of new Arkansas law on library materials

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(253, 252, 250); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">A coalition of 17 plaintiffs filed a lawsuit in federal court on Friday that asks a judge to strike down as unconstitutional two sections of Act 372, a new Arkansas law on school and public library materials.</span> </p>

statement on LEARNS stay motion

<p>Jacob Oliva&#39;s statement on LEARNS stay.</p>

motion to stay LEARNS Act restraining order

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">AG&#39;s Tim Griffin&#39;s motion to stay LEARNS Act.</span></p>

Copy of Arkansas Ethics Commission letters

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Arkansas Ethics Commission letters.</span></p>

Order on Arkansas Learns Act

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Order on Arkansas Learns Act.</span></p>

UA 2023-24 Tuition & Fees Proposal

<p>FY 24 Tuition and Fee Requests</p>

Judge's ruling on Richard Barnett case

<p>Judge denies motion for new trial for Richard Barnett.</p>

NAACP travel advisory for Florida

<p>The NAACP&#39;s travel advisory for Florida, issued in May 2023, reads in part, &quot;Under its current Governor, the State of Florida has engaged in an all-out attack on Black Americans, accurate Black history, voting rights, members of the LGBTQ+ community, immigrants, women&rsquo;s reproductive rights, and free speech, while simultaneously embracing a culture of fear, bullying, and intimidation by public officials. In his effort to rewrite American history to exclude the voices, contributions of African Americans and the challenges they overcame despite the systemic racism that African Americans have faced since first arriving in this country, Governor DeSantis has signed various controversial anti-civil rights measures into law; including the Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act Florida HB 1, Stop Wrongs against Our Kids and Employees Act (&ldquo;Stop W.O.K.E. Act&rdquo;) Florida HB 7, Constitutional Carry Act Florida House HB 543, Florida Senate Bill 266, and Florida Senate Bill 7066.&quot; The advisory states, &quot;Before traveling to Florida, please understand that the State of Florida devalues and marginalizes the contributions of and the challenges faced by African Americans and other minorities. If you decide to travel to Florida: Please be advised that Florida public schools will not teach your children accurate African-American history, which includes a history of enslavement, segregation, racial injustice and systemic racism. Please be advised that the State of Florida does not value diversity, equity, and inclusion in Florida schools, colleges and universities. Please be advised that the State of Florida does not welcome the contributions of African Americans and people of color.&quot;</p><p><br></p>

AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act of 2023

<p>A bipartisan, bicameral group of federal legislators is pushing new legislation requiring car manufacturers to keep AM radio in their vehicles. The coalition has introduced the AM for Every Vehicle Act in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. If the proposal becomes law, all vehicle companies would have to install appropriate technology to make all cars capable of receiving AM radio stations without any costs to consumers. The Government Accountability Office would additionally study alternative systems as effective as AM radio broadcasts for making public emergency announcements.</p>

Farmers First Act of 2023

<p>U.S. Sen. John Boozman is supporting the Farmers First Act of 2023, led by U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa., and co-sponsored by committee chairwoman, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and a bipartisan group of senators. The Farmers First Act of 2023 would reauthorize the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN), which connects farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers with mental health assistance programs and resources. The legislation would increase available funding for the network to $15 million per fiscal year through 2028.</p>

Multimedia Editor job description

<div title="Page 1"><div style="background-color: rgb(100.000000%, 100.000000%, 100.000000%);"><span style="font-size: 12.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has an opening for a multimedia editor.&nbsp;</span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</div>

Executive Order 23-05 guidelines

<p>Executive Order 23-05 guidelines</p>

Copy of the LEARNS complaint

<p>Copy of the LEARNS complaint</p>

Illinois bill targeting book bans at libraries

<p>An Illinois bill in 2023 states, &quot;Because the state has a financial responsibility in promoting public education, and because the public library is a vital agency serving all levels of the educational process, it is hereby declared to be the policy of the state to encourage the improvement of free public libraries and to encourage cooperation among all types of libraries in promoting the sharing of library resources, including digital resources. In keeping with this policy, provision is hereby made for a program of state grants designed to establish, develop and operate a network of library systems covering the entire state.&quot; The bill also specifies that libraries that ban books will not be eligible for state grants.</p>

Agreement to run Marvell-Elaine School District

<p>A &quot;District Transformation Agreement&quot; reads: &quot;THIS AGREEMENT (the &ldquo;Agreement&rdquo;) is made effective as of the 5th day of May, 2023 by and between, in the first part, FEF Arkansas, an Arkansas non-profit corporation (the &ldquo;Foundation&rdquo;), and an affiliate of Friendship Education Foundation, a non-profit corporation organized and existing under the laws of the District of Columbia and, jointly in the second part, the Commissioner, ADE Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (the &ldquo;Commissioner&rdquo;) on behalf of the Marvell-Elaine School District #22 (the &ldquo;District&rdquo;) a public school district and a political subdivision of the State of Arkansas organized and existing under the laws of the state of Arkansas and currently under authority of the State Board of Education.&quot;</p>

2024 ATOY Application Guidelines

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Ali Noland threatens suit over Marvell-Elaine

<p>In an email sent Friday, May 5, 2023 with the subject line &quot;Subject: Letter to the State Board of Education and Secretary Oliva,&quot; attorney Ali Noland writes, &quot;Secretary Oliva and members of the Arkansas State Board of Education, Please find attached a letter concerning your planned vote today to approve a transformation contract for the Marvell-Elaine School District at today&#39;s special board meeting. Your proposed action would be illegal because the Arkansas LEARNS Act is not yet effective. The emergency clause purporting to make it immediately operative is invalid. Should you choose to disregard the requirement of the Arkansas Constitution and vote to approve the contract today, my clients will file legal action. Thank you, Ali Noland.&quot;</p>

NTOY '23 completed application

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LR street and drainage project resolution

<p>LR street and drainage project resolution.&nbsp;</p>

Motion filed by Maggio's attorney

<p>Motion to dismiss filed by Michael Maggio&#39;s attorney, James Hensley Jr.&nbsp;</p>

Arkansas Act 525 on Chinese drones

<p>New legislation prohibits Arkansas law enforcement agencies from purchasing small, unmanned aircrafts, or drones, from a &ldquo;covered foreign entity&rdquo; starting in 2027. According to Act 525 of 2023, a &ldquo;covered foreign entity&rdquo; is defined as an &ldquo;individual, foreign government or a party other than an individual or foreign government on the Consolidated Screening List or entity list as designated by the United States Secretary of Commerce; Domiciled in the People&rsquo;s Republic of China or the Russian Federation; under the influence or control by the government of the People&rsquo;s Republic of China or the Russian Federation.&rdquo; Police departments in Arkansas have four years to phase out their use of foreign drones, which is twice the life of a standard drone, depending on its size, said Rep. Brit McKenzie, R-Rogers. However, if an agency believes the life of their drones can extend beyond four years, they can apply for a waiver through the Secretary of Transportation. The bill is targeting Da-Jiang Innovations, or DJI, known as the world&rsquo;s largest drone manufacturer and headquartered in Shenzhen, China. DJI&rsquo;s drones account for 70% of the global civilian market, and founder Frank Wang is said to be the world&rsquo;s first drone billionaire, with a net worth of $3.6 billion. But DJI is &quot;an extraordinarily bad actor,&rdquo; McKenzie said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a Chinese military company. We can call it 16 things under the sun, [but] that&rsquo;s really what it is.&rdquo;</p>

Texas Department of Agriculture dress code

<p>In April 2023, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller issued a two-page &ldquo;dress code and grooming policy,&rdquo; that dictates how employees who interact with the public and other government officials outside the department should dress. The sentence that has proven controversial is &quot;Employees are expected to comply with this dress code in a manner consistent with their biological gender.&quot; Other rules for the Texas Department of Agriculture include agency uniforms (&quot;allowable and encouraged&quot;), and a whole section on inappropriate dress: &quot;Clothing that is too tight or revealing; clothing with rips, tears or frays; or any extreme style or fashion; pajamas, workout clothes and sweats; T-shirts, shirts with inappropriate slogans, tank tops, team jerseys, muscle shirts, camouflage and crop tops; shorts, camouflage pants, baggy or sagging pants or pants worn below the waist or hip line; flip-flops, slides, slippers or crocs.&quot; Men are forbidden from tucking pants into boots; women are forbidden from &quot;sweatpants, pajamas, night gowns, miniskirts. Also for women: &quot;no excessive cleavage, skirts should be within four inches of the knees.&quot;</p><p><br></p>

Arkansas Act 777 of 2023 on concealed carry

<p>Act 777 of 2023, &quot;An Act To Clarify The Purpose Of The Statutes Authorizing A License To Carry A Concealed Handgun; To Clarify That A License To Carry A Concealed Handgun Is Not Required To Carry A Concealed Handgun In This State; And For Other Purposes,&quot; formerly Senate Bill 480, states: &quot;Arkansas Code Title 5, Chapter 73, Subchapter 3, is amended to add an additional section to read as follows: 5-73-328. Purpose and construction of subchapter. (a) The purpose of this subchapter is solely to establish concealed carry licensing for the purpose of providing licensees reciprocity in other states that require a license to carry a concealed handgun in order to carry a concealed handgun. (b) This subchapter does not require a person to obtain a license to carry a concealed handgun in order to carry a concealed handgun in this state.&quot;</p>

U.S. Senate social media bill sponsored by Cotton

<p>U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., is part of a bipartisan group of senators advocating for legislation mandating a minimum age and parental consent for joining social media apps. The Protecting Kids on Social Media Act would require platforms to implement age-verification technologies to prevent users younger than 13. Companies would additionally need to require parental approval for potential users who are 13 to 17 years old. Cotton and fellow Republican Katie Britt of Alabama introduced the measure with Democrats Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Brian Schatz of Hawaii. Speaking to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Cotton recognized the pairing is atypical given each senator&rsquo;s ideology.</p>

Federal Reserve review of Silicon Valley Bank

<p>The Federal Reserve blamed the March 2023 collapse of Silicon Valley Bank on poor management, watered-down regulations and lax oversight by its own staffers, and said the industry needs stricter policing on multiple fronts to prevent future bank failures. The Fed was critical of its own role in the bank&rsquo;s failure in a report compiled by Michael Barr, the Fed&rsquo;s chief regulator, and released Friday, April 28, 2023. As Silicon Valley Bank grew rapidly beginning in 2018, banking supervisors were slow to recognize problems that eventually contributed to the bank&rsquo;s downfall, including an increasing amount of uninsured deposits and inadequate safeguards against a sudden change in interest rates. Once those problems were identified, supervisors appeared unwilling to press the bank&rsquo;s management to address the issues, the report said: &quot;Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) failed because of a textbook case of mismanagement by the bank. Its senior leadership failed to manage basic interest rate and liquidity risk. Its board of directors failed to oversee senior leadership and hold them accountable. And Federal Reserve supervisors failed to take forceful enough action, as detailed in the report. Our banking system is sound and resilient, with strong capital and liquidity. And in some respects, SVB was an outlier because of the extent of its highly concentrated business model, interest rate risk, and high level of reliance on uninsured deposits; however, SVB&rsquo;s failure demonstrates that there are weaknesses in regulation and supervision that must be addressed. Regulatory standards for SVB were too low, the supervision of SVB did not work with sufficient force and urgency, and contagion from the firm&rsquo;s failure posed systemic consequences not contemplated by the Federal Reserve&rsquo;s tailoring framework. Following SVB&rsquo;s failure, we must strengthen the Federal Reserve&rsquo;s supervision and regulation based on what we have learned. This report represents the first step in that process&mdash;a self-assessment that takes an unflinching look at the conditions that led to the bank&rsquo;s failure, including the role of Federal Reserve supervision and regulation. Individuals who were not involved in the supervision of SVB conducted the review, and I oversaw it. The four key takeaways of the report are: 1. Silicon Valley Bank&rsquo;s board of directors and management failed to manage their risks. 2. Supervisors did not fully appreciate the extent of the vulnerabilities as Silicon Valley Bank grew in size and complexity. 3. When supervisors did identify vulnerabilities, they did not take sufficient steps to ensure that Silicon Valley Bank fixed those problems quickly enough. 4. The Board&rsquo;s tailoring approach in response to the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (EGRRCPA) and a shift in the stance of supervisory policy impeded effective supervision by reducing standards, increasing complexity, and promoting a less assertive supervisory approach.&quot;</p>

Colorado Senate Bill 170, red flag law

<p>Colorado&#39;s Senate Bill 170, signed Friday, April 28, 2023, expands the number of people who can place a &quot;red flag&quot; on a potential firearms buyer, blocking a gun sale.</p>

Colorado gun laws, HB 1219, SB 168-169

<p>Colorado&#39;s governor signed three gun laws on Friday, April 28, 2023. House Bill 1219 establishes a three-day minimum waiting period before a firearms purchase. Senate Bill 168 allows gun violence victims to pursue civil suits against gun manufacturers. Senate Bill 169 raises the minimum age to purchase a firearm to 21.</p>

Pulaski County ordinance authorizing the joining of the Little Rock Air Force Base Regional Planning Committee

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">An ordinance authorizing the Pulaski County judge to enter into an inter-local agreement between the cities of Austin, Cabot, Jacksonville, Maumelle, North Little Rock, Sherwood and Ward, and the counties of Faulkner, Lonoke and White for the purpose of creating the Little Rock Air Force Base Regional Planning Committee and establishing its authority and responsibilities.</span></p>

Donnie King Memo to Tyson Foods Team Members

<p>Donnie King Memo to Tyson Foods Team Members </p>

Disney lawsuit against Florida's DeSantis

<p>Disney sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday over the Republican&rsquo;s takeover of its theme park district, alleging the governor waged a &ldquo;targeted campaign of government retaliation&rdquo; after the company opposed a law critics call &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t Say Gay.&rdquo; The lawsuit was filed in Tallahassee minutes after a Disney World oversight board appointed by DeSantis voted to void a deal that gave the company authority over design and construction decisions in its sprawling properties near Orlando. &ldquo;Disney regrets that it has come to this,&rdquo; the case said. &ldquo;But having exhausted efforts to seek a resolution, the Company is left with no choice but to file this lawsuit to protect its cast members, guests, and local development partners from a relentless campaign to weaponize government power against Disney in retaliation for expressing a political viewpoint unpopular with certain State officials.&rdquo; The lawsuit adds: &quot;Governor DeSantis and his allies paid no mind to the governing structure that facilitated Reedy Creek&rsquo;s successful development until one year ago, when the Governor decided to target Disney. There is no room for disagreement about what happened here: Disney expressed its opinion on state legislation and was then punished by the State for doing so. Governor DeSantis announced that Disney&rsquo;s statement had &ldquo;crossed the line&rdquo;&mdash;a line evidently separating permissible speech from intolerable speech&mdash;and launched a barrage of threats against the Company in immediate response. Since then, the Governor, the State Legislature, and the Governor&rsquo;s handpicked local government regulators have moved beyond threats to official action, employing the machinery of the State in a coordinated campaign to damage Disney&rsquo;s ability to do business in Florida. State leaders have not been subtle about their reasons for government intervention. They have proudly declared that Disney deserves this fate because of what Disney said. This is as clear a case of retaliation as this Court is ever likely to see.&quot;</p>

Chief justice declines to testify to Senate panel

<p>Chief Justice John Roberts has declined an invitation from Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to testify before the panel, calling such testimony by chief justices &quot;exceedingly rare.&quot; The Senate panel had planned to hold a hearing on May 2 to examine what Durbin called &quot;common sense proposals&quot; to hold Supreme Court justices to the same ethical standards as the rest of the federal judiciary, and Durbin had invited Roberts &quot;or his designate&quot; to take part. Roberts, however, replied that &quot;Testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee by the Chief Justice of the United States is exceedingly rare, as one might expect in light of the separation of powers concerns and the importance of preserving judicial independence.&quot; Roberts attached to his letter &quot;a Statement of Ethics Principles and Practices to which all of the current Members of the Supreme Court subscribe.&quot;</p>

Stanford dean's next steps after Judge Duncan incident

<p>In an open letter to the Stanford Law School community dated March 22, 2023, Dean Jenny S. Martinez writes, &quot; As my message to you last week indicated, I had hoped to wait until after final exams concluded at the end of this week to offer any further comments on the disruption of Judge Kyle Duncan&rsquo;s speech at a student Federalist Society event on March 9, 2023, and the school&rsquo;s response to that disruption. However, continuing outside attention to these events, as well as the volume of hateful and even threatening messages directed at members of our community, have led me to conclude that a more immediate statement is necessary. As we consider the role of respectful treatment of members of our community, I want to be clear that the hate mail and appalling invective that have been directed at some of our students and law school administrators in the wake of March 9 are of great concern to me. All actionable threats that come to our attention will be investigated and addressed as the law permits. In the message below, I respond below to many of the questions I continue to receive about why I apologized to Judge Duncan, why I stand by that apology, and why the protest violated the university&rsquo;s policy on disruption. I articulate how I believe our commitment to diversity and inclusion means that we must protect the expression of all views. And, I outline some of the steps the school will be taking in the wake of this incident, including the adoption of clearer protocols for managing disruptions and educational programming on free speech and norms of the legal profession. This message is unusually lengthy; because we are a law school and these issues are core to our educational mission, I explain some of my reasoning in quite a bit more detail than I would for a general audience. I also recognize that what I share below will not please everyone. While some of you may disagree with my views, I look forward to continuing the conversation about how we can create a learning environment that both respects freedom of speech and ensures that we support all of our diverse community members on their path to becoming lawyers.&quot;</p>

Stanford apology to Judge Duncan

<p>A letter to U.S. Circuit Judge Kyle Duncan dated March 11, 2023, is signed by <span style="color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Marc Tessier-Lavigne, <span style="color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">President and Bing Presidential Professor, and <span style="color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Jenny Martinez,&nbsp;</span></span></span>Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean of Stanford Law School. It reads, &quot;Dear Judge Duncan, We write to apologize for the disruption of your recent speech at Stanford Law School. As has already been communicated to our community, what happened was inconsistent with our policies on free speech, and we are very sorry about the experience you had while visiting our campus. We are very clear with our students that, given our commitment to free expression, if there are speakers they disagree with, they are welcome to exercise their right to protest but not to disrupt the proceedings. Our disruption policy states that students are not allowed to &ldquo;prevent the effective carrying out&rdquo; of a &ldquo;public event&rdquo; whether by heckling or other forms of interruption. In addition, staff members who should have enforced university policies failed to do so, and instead intervened in inappropriate ways that are not aligned with the university&rsquo;s commitment to free speech. We are taking steps to ensure that something like this does not happen again. Freedom of speech is a bedrock principle for the law school, the university, and a democratic society, and we can and must do better to ensure that it continues even in polarized times.&quot;</p>

Asa Hutchinson's 2024 announcement transcript

<p>Asa Hutchinson officially announced his candidacy in Bentonville at an event starting at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.</p>

Capital projects

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Act 372

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Mississippi expands Capitol Police to Jackson

<p>Mississippi&#39;s Republican Governor Tate Reeves claims that violent crime in the capital of Jackson has made it necessary to expand where the Capitol Police can patrol. A bill he signed into law in April 2023 states, &quot;The Department of Public Safety shall have primary jurisdiction relative to any other state or municipal law enforcement agency to enforce all laws of the State of Mississippi within the boundaries of the Capitol Complex Improvement District created in Section 29-5-203; such enforcement shall be its primary function. The Department of Public Safety may, through any person or persons appointed by the Department of Public Safety, make arrests for any violation of any law of the State of Mississippi and violations of the City of Jackson&#39;s traffic ordinances or ordinances related to the disturbance of the public peace which occurs within the boundaries of the district and within the boundaries of the City of Jackson. The Department of Public Safety may choose to present cases to either the District Attorney or the prosecuting attorneys designated by the Attorney General for prosecution of any violation of law that accrues or occurs, in whole or in part, within the boundaries established by Section 29-5-203. The jurisdiction of the Department of Public Safety granted under this subsection (6) shall be concurrent with the jurisdiction of the City of Jackson, Mississippi, and that of Hinds County, Mississippi within the boundaries of the Capitol Complex Improvement District created in Section 29-5-203. At any time and/or during any event necessitating the coordination of and/or utilization at multiple jurisdictions, as determined by the Chief of Capitol Police or the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety shall be the lead agency when the event occurs on property as defined herein that is owned or leased by the state as provided in subsection (1) of this section. The jurisdiction and authority of the Department of Public Safety under this subsection shall be in addition to any other jurisdiction and authority provided to the department under this section or any other law.&quot;</p><p><br></p>

Filing for contempt against Hunter Biden

<p>Hunter Biden hasn&rsquo;t provided &ldquo;specific discovery&rdquo; as ordered by a judge in his Arkansas paternity case, according to a motion filed Friday, April 21, 2023 in Independence County Circuit Court. Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, is &ldquo;playing games with this court,&rdquo; Jennifer Lancaster wrote in the motion for contempt, to compel discovery and to modify the scheduling order, which reads &quot;1. That this court entered a protective order on the defendant&rsquo;s motion. 2. That the protective order was intended so that the defendant would fully answer discovery instead of constantly objecting and asserting the need for protection. 3. That this court ordered that, upon entering the defendant&rsquo;s request for a protective order, again, that there was an expectation of &ldquo;great compliance with discovery.&rdquo; In fact, the court ordered that the defendant provide specific information related to discovery at the last hearing in this matter. 4. That a hearing was held nearly two months ago, on February 22, 2023, in which the court entered a protective order from the bench and ordered that the defendant provide specific discovery which he had previously failed to do. 5. That, in those two months, the defendant has provided no additional discovery&mdash;not so much as one single item or word&mdash;and has failed to supplement his answers at the court&rsquo;s directive. 6. That there is no valid excuse or justification for the defendant&rsquo;s failure to provide the required disclosures as the court has granted every single protective order the defendant has asked for since the inception of this case. 7. That the defendant is playing games with this court. 8. That the defendant&rsquo;s actions are a willful and flagrant violation of this court&rsquo;s previous order entered on the defendant&rsquo;s motion. This court should incarcerate the defendant in the Cleburne County Detention Center until he complies with this court&rsquo;s orders and answers discovery. In the alternative, this court should sanction the defendant as appropriate and just. 9. That the defendant&rsquo;s actions are a willful and flagrant violation of this court&rsquo;s previous order entered on the defendant&rsquo;s motion. This court should incarcerate the defendant in the Cleburne County Detention Center for flaunting the dignity and authority of this court. In the alternative, this court should sanction the defendant as appropriate and just. 10. That this court should again order great compliance with discovery and compel the defendant to fully answer discovery. 11. That the plaintiff has retained an expert, Garrett Ziegler, and counsel for the plaintiff can not adequately prepare for trial, conduct discovery, or utilize her experts under the current protective order because Mr. Biden will not answer discovery. This court should modify the scheduling order. 12. That Mr. Biden, who has never appeared before this court to answer for his repeated filing of spurious motions for protective orders and contemptuous acts, should be order to appear and show cause as to why he has requested protective orders, been granted those orders, and still not complied with those orders. 13. That the defendant, who holds a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School, is engaging in vexatious litigation practices, has intentionally frustrated the litigation, and forced the plaintiff to incur excessive attorney&rsquo;s fees. This court should order that the defendant pay the plaintiff&rsquo;s attorney&rsquo;s fees and costs related to his conduct as detailed in this motion. WHEREFORE the plaintiff moves this honorable court to find the defendant in contempt; compel discovery; modify the scheduling order; for sanctions; for attorney&rsquo;s fees and costs; and for all other just and proper relief.&quot;</p>

Deputy Prime Minister Raab resignation letter

<p>U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab grudgingly resigned Friday, April 21, 2023 after an independent investigation found he bullied civil servants, though he criticized the findings as &ldquo;flawed.&rdquo; Raab&rsquo;s announcement came the day after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak received the investigation report into eight formal complaints that Raab, who was also justice secretary, had been abusive toward staff members during a previous stint in that office and while serving as Britain&rsquo;s foreign secretary and Brexit secretary. Raab, 49, denied claims he belittled and demeaned staff and said he &ldquo;behaved professionally at all times.&rdquo; He remained defiant in resigning, saying he was &ldquo;duty-bound&rdquo; after promising to do so if the bullying complaints were substantiated. He said the inquiry made two findings of bullying against him and dismissed the others. He made it clear in his resignation letter that he did not accept the findings: &quot;In setting the threshold for bullying so low, this inquiry has set a dangerous precedent. It will encourage spurious complaints against ministers, and have a chilling effect on those driving change on behalf of your government - and ultimately the British people.&quot;</p>

Colorado Democrats kill semiautomatic gun-ban bill

<p>Colorado Democratic lawmakers killed an ambitious bill Thursday, April 20, 2023 that would have banned the sale and transfer of semiautomatic firearms, citing promises made to their constituents and concerns over the sweep of the ban even in a state still reeling from a mass shooting in Colorado Springs months earlier. Washington state&rsquo;s Democratic-controlled Statehouse cleared a ban on semiautomatic rifles Wednesday, joining the blue bastions of California and New York. But Colorado&rsquo;s Democratic-controlled Legislature was split on the issue, underscoring the state&rsquo;s purple roots, tensions between urban and rural constituents, and an ongoing push-and-pull between progressive and moderate Democrats that has defined this year&rsquo;s legislative session. The House Judiciary Committee vote followed an impassioned 14-hour hearing that began Wednesday morning and ended at 1 a.m. Thursday. Three Democrats on the panel voted &ldquo;no&rdquo; to kill the bill. They lauded Rep. Elisabeth Epps for her moral courage in bringing the bill forward but cited promises they made to their constituents to avoid government overreach affecting most gun owners&rsquo; rights.</p>

Walmart 2023 Culture, Diversity, Equity Inclusion report

<p>Walmart&rsquo;s annual report on diversity and inclusion at the company shows where it made progress in the past year and where it needs to &ldquo;lean in.&rdquo; Donna Morris, Walmart&rsquo;s chief people officer, said in the company&rsquo;s Culture, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion report for fiscal 2023, released Wednesday, that it &ldquo;summarizes our collective efforts and progress to create a culture of belonging at Walmart.&rdquo; &ldquo;We remain committed to reporting key data about our representation twice a year,&rdquo; Morris said, &ldquo;and believe this transparency helps us better understand where we need to focus &mdash; and enables our stakeholders, community and associates to help us move forward as we keep making progress.&rdquo; The report also introduced Denise Malloy, Walmart&rsquo;s first chief belonging officer. The position expands the previous role of chief global culture, diversity, equity and inclusion officer, last held by Ben-Saba Hasan from July 2015 until he retired in July 2022.</p>

White House opposes transgender athlete ban

<p>In a statement released Thursday, April 20, 2023, the White House writes, &quot;The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 734. For students nationwide, participating in sports and being part of a team is an important part of growing up, staying engaged in school, and learning leadership and life skills. H.R. 734 would deny access to sports for many families by establishing an absolute ban on transgender students&mdash;even those as young as elementary schoolers&mdash;playing on a team consistent with their gender identity. Schools, coaches, and athletic associations around the country are already working with families to develop participation rules that are fair and that take into account particular sports, grade levels, and levels of competition. As a national ban that does not account for competitiveness or grade level, H.R. 734 targets people for who they are and therefore is discriminatory. Politicians should not dictate a one-size-fits-all requirement that forces coaches to remove kids from their teams. At a time when transgender youth already face a nationwide mental health crisis, with half of transgender youth in a recent survey saying they have seriously considered suicide, a national law that further stigmatizes these children is completely unnecessary, hurts families and students, and would only put students at greater risk. Discrimination has no place in our nation&rsquo;s schools or on our playing fields. Instead of addressing the pressing issues that families and students face today&mdash;such as raising teacher pay, keeping guns out of schools, addressing the mental health crisis our youth face, and helping students learn and recover academically from unprecedented disruptions&mdash;Congressional Republicans have instead chosen to prioritize policies that discriminate against children.&quot; Then, underlined for emphasis: &quot;If the President were presented with H.R. 734, he would veto it. &quot;</p>

HR734 to ban transgender school athletes

<p>The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday, April 20, 2023 that would prevent schools from allowing transgender girls and women from joining sports teams aligned with their gender identity. The Republican-led chamber approved the measure in a 219-203 vote along party lines, but it&rsquo;s unlikely the bill will advance further because the Democratic-led Senate is not expected to support it. Arkansas&rsquo; four House members &mdash; Reps. Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman &mdash; joined Republican colleagues in supporting the legislation. Crawford and Westerman had backed the bill as sponsors. House Resolution 734, the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act, would prohibit school athletic programs from allowing individuals on teams that do not match their sex assigned at birth. The bill would make allowing athletes assigned male at birth on girls&rsquo; and women&rsquo;s teams a violation of Title IX, the 1972 law addressing discrimination by sex. The measure would amend Title IX by clarifying sex as &ldquo;based solely on a person&rsquo;s reproductive biology and genetics at birth.&rdquo;</p>

Florida SB450 on death penalty jury votes

<p>Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Thursday, April 20, 2023 ending a unanimous jury requirement in death penalty sentencing, a response to a verdict that spared the life of a school shooter who killed 17 people. DeSantis, a Republican, signed the bill in a private ceremony with families of victims of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Parkland. The new law, Senate Bill 450, which went into effect as soon as the governor signed it, allows capital punishment in Florida with a jury recommendation of at least 8-4 in favor of execution. Only three states out of the 27 that impose the death penalty do not require unanimity. Alabama allows a 10-2 decision, and Missouri and Indiana let a judge decide when there is a divided jury. &ldquo;Once a defendant in a capital case is found guilty by a unanimous jury, one juror should not be able to veto a capital sentence,&rdquo; DeSantis said in a statement. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m proud to sign legislation that will prevent families from having to endure what the Parkland families have and ensure proper justice will be served in the state of Florida.&rdquo; The governor pushed for the legislation after a divided 9-3 jury spared Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz from execution in a verdict last year that outraged victims&rsquo; families. Cruz instead received a life sentence without the possibility of parole.</p>

Washington state bill to ban many rifles

<p>A Washington state ban on dozens of semi-automatic rifles cleared the state Legislature on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, and the governor is expected to sign it into law. The high-powered firearms &mdash; once banned nationwide &mdash; are now the weapon of choice among young men responsible for most of the country&rsquo;s devastating mass shootings. The ban, House Bill 1240, comes after multiple failed attempts in the state&rsquo;s Legislature, and amid the most mass shootings during the first 100 days of a calendar year since 2009. The Washington law would block the sale, distribution, manufacture and importation of more than 50 gun models, including AR-15s, AK-47s and similar style rifles. These guns fire one bullet per trigger pull and automatically reload for a subsequent shot. Some exemptions are included for sales to law enforcement agencies and the military in Washington. It states in part, &quot;The legislature finds that assault weapons are not suitable for self-defense and that studies show that assault weapons are statistically not used in self-defense. The legislature finds that assault weapons are not commonly used in self-defense and that any proliferation is not the result of the assault weapon being well-suited for self-defense, hunting, or sporting purposes. Rather, increased sales are the result of the gun industry&#39;s concerted efforts to sell more guns to a civilian market. The legislature finds that the gun industry has specifically marketed these weapons as &quot;tactical,&quot; &quot;hyper masculine,&quot; and &quot;military style&quot; in manner that overtly appeals to troubled young men intent on becoming the next mass shooter. The legislature intends to limit the prospective sale of assault weapons, while allowing existing legal owners to retain the assault weapons they currently own.&quot;</p>

Resolution 639 of Disney World's governing body in Florida

<p>The new chair of Disney World&rsquo;s revamped governing body said Wednesday, April 19, 2023 that new supervisors had good intentions about collaborating with the company after they were appointed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, so it was &ldquo;shameful&rdquo; when Disney signed agreements with their predecessors stripping them of most of their authority. <span style="color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Martin Garcia, chair of the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, said at the start of a board meeting that &quot;nothing <span style="color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">is off the table at this point&rdquo;</span> with respect to what they might try to achieve in a showdown between DeSantis and Disney. With Resolution No. 639, the board of the <span style="color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Central Florida Tourism Oversight District</span>&nbsp;</span>asserts, &quot;The District has superior authority within the entire District, including within the jurisdictional limits of the City of Lake Buena Vista and the City of Bay Lake, for comprehensive planning, zoning, land development regulations, environmental protection regulations, and platting and subdivision regulations.&quot;</p>

Senate response to retrenchment

<p>Senate response to retrenchment.</p>

GFPB Financial Report

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Go Forward Pine Bluff&#39;s revenue and expense report.</span></p>

UA Board of Trustees

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Saline County quorum court 4.17.23

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Senate Bill 495, the Protect Arkansas Act

<p>The expansive criminal justice legislation signed into law by Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders last week will put an end to the practice known as credit bonding and likely contribute to a clearer understanding of sentences, according to the prosecuting attorney for the Little Rock metro area. In a recent interview, Will Jones, the newly elected prosecuting attorney for the 6th Judicial District, which encompasses Pulaski and Perry counties, endorsed the idea that the Protect Arkansas Act will improve public safety. Under the Protect Arkansas Act, people convicted of 18 of the most violent felonies in state code, including rape and capital murder, will have to serve the entirety of their sentences in prison. The new law will require courts to add a period of post-release supervision in these cases if defendants are not already sentenced to the statutory maximum for their offense. People convicted of 53 lesser violent felonies such as second-degree murder, battery in the first degree or sexual indecency with a child will have to serve 85% of their sentence before being eligible for release with supervision. If a person convicted of a crime that requires them to serve 100% or 85% of their sentence violates their terms of release, they will have to serve the remainder of their previous sentence plus the entirety of the sentence they receive for the violation. Those convicted of felonies not addressed in the legislation could be eligible to serve 50% or 25% of their sentence in prison depending on a seriousness grid or table established by the Arkansas Sentencing Commission and approved by the Legislative Council. To allow the state Department of Corrections and courts to prepare for the changes included in the bill, the act will require offenders convicted of the most serious violent felonies to serve 100% of their sentences starting Jan. 1. For people convicted of lesser offenses, the new post-release supervision system will go into effect beginning Jan. 1, 2025.</p>

Mississippi water-rate law 2023

<p>Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed legislation Friday, April 14, 2023 requiring localities to base water bills on personal consumption, blocking a proposed change by the federally appointed manager of the troubled water system in the state&rsquo;s capital city. The Republican governor signed House Bill 698 months after Ted Henifin, who was appointed in November by a federal court to help improve Jackson&rsquo;s water infrastructure, released a proposal calling for billing water based on property values rather than personal use. Henifin said the new billing model would be a more equitable method of pricing water in a city where roughly 25% of residents live in poverty. It would be unfair to charge people for water based on factors unrelated to how much they consume, Reeves said in a statement on Friday. &quot;Water bills based on property values squeeze the middle class,&rdquo; Reeves said. &ldquo;They can&rsquo;t afford to pay more for the home they already own. Water bills will continue to be based off of personal consumption &mdash; just like what is being done throughout the rest of the country.&rdquo; In addition, the law states, &quot;Only in the event a municipality is unable to meet the requirement of billing based solely on volumetric usage, such municipality may bill based on a flat fee rate where such municipality has established flat fee billing as its usual and customary billing practice prior to the passage of this act, and where such municipality is actively billing based upon a flat fee rate as of the passage of this act. In such circumstances, flat fee billing may be utilized until such time as the municipality implements upgrades to its system to provide for volumetric billing. In such circumstance, the municipality may set different flat fee rates for different classifications of users, but the municipality shall not discriminate in setting flat fee rates among members of the same classification, and the municipality shall not charge a user a fee for services received that is less than the cost incurred by the municipality to provide such services.&quot;</p>

Montana bill to ban TikTok

<p>The Montana House of Representatives on Friday, April 14, 2023 approved a total ban on TikTok inside the state, setting up the state&rsquo;s Republican governor to sign the first-of-its-kind prohibition into law. The legislation, which would also bar app stores from carrying TikTok, the popular video-sharing app, was approved 54-43 in the last of two votes in the state House. The state Senate passed it in March. Gov. Greg Gianforte must decide whether to sign the bill into law, veto it or do nothing for 10 days after receiving the bill and let it become law without his signature. A spokesperson for Gianforte, Brooke Metrione, said he would &ldquo;carefully consider any bill the Legislature sends to his desk.&rdquo; The bill states that the ban is needed because &quot;the People&#39;s Republic of China is an adversary of the United States and Montana and has an interest in gathering information about Montanans, Montana companies, and the intellectual property of users to engage in corporate and international espionage,&quot; and because &quot;TikTok fails to remove, and may even promote, dangerous content that directs minors to engage in dangerous activities, including but not limited to throwing objects at moving automobiles, taking excessive amounts of medication, lighting a mirror on fire and then attempting to extinguish it using only one&#39;s body parts, inducing unconsciousness through oxygen deprivation, cooking chicken in NyQuil, pouring hot wax on a user&#39;s face, attempting to break an unsuspecting passerby&#39;s skull by tripping him or her into landing face first into a hard surface, placing metal objects in electrical outlets, swerving cars at high rates of speed, smearing human feces on toddlers, licking doorknobs and toilet seats to place oneself at risk of contracting coronavirus, attempting to climb stacks of milkcrates, shooting passersby with air rifles, loosening lug nuts on vehicles, and stealing utilities from public places.&quot;</p>

Vetoed 2023 Arkansas bills

<p>Three bills which were vetoed by Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders are listed. They are: House Bill 1189, which aims to create a state-based license for behavior analysts; House Bill 1622, which aims to create a heart attack task force; and Senate Bill 509, which would boost the maximum permitted daily stipend for members of the Arkansas Board of Corrections from $85 to $110. The stated reasons: HB1189 &quot;creates unnecessary and overburdensome regulation&quot; for behavior analysts. HB1622 was seen as a duplicate of the Arkansas STEMI Advisory Council. SB509 was vetoed with a letter stating, &quot;As Governor, I made a commitment to the State of Arkansas that I would look for ways to reduce government waste and ensure that tax dollars are spent wisely.&quot;</p>

Alito order on abortion drug pause

<p>In an order issued Friday, April 14, 2023, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote, &quot;UPON CONSIDERATION of the application of counsel for the applicants, IT IS ORDERED that the April 7, 2023 order of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, case No. 2:22-cv-223, is hereby administratively stayed until 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Wednesday, April 19, 2023. It is further ordered that any response to the application be filed on or before Tuesday, April 18, 2023, by 12 p.m. (EDT).&quot; The order was in regards to a ruling by a federal judge in Texas the previous week against the Food and Drug Administration, and placed a five-day pause on the fast-moving case so the justices can decide whether lower court rulings restricting the FDA&rsquo;s approval of the drug, mifepristone, should be allowed to take effect in the short term. The justices are being asked at this point only to determine what parts of an April 7 ruling by U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk in Texas, as modified by a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Wednesday, can be in force while the case continues. The order expires late Wednesday, April 19.</p>

Arkansas House Bill 1176, vetoed appropriations

<p>Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders vetoed a section of Arkansas House Bill 1176, appropriations for the Department of Corrections Division of Correction, that would have provided $5 million for pandemic-related expenses for the Arkansas Department of Corrections. Her reasoning: &ldquo;During my first days in office, I terminated several existing Executive Orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. I believe in freedom and personal responsibility &ndash; not COVID mandates or shutdowns. The COVID-19 pandemic is over.&rdquo; Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, said the section of the bill Sanders vetoed was an unfunded appropriation that would have no impact on the Department of Corrections.</p>

Trump lawsuit against Michael Cohen

<p>In a lawsuit seeking &quot;actual, compensatory, incidental, and punitive damages in an amount to be determined at trial, but expected to substantially exceed Five Hundred Million Dollars ($500,000,000),&quot; former President Donald Trump claims that he suffered &quot;<span style="color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">vast reputational harm&quot; because</span> his former attorney, Michael Cohen, committed &quot;multiple breaches of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment, conversion, and breaches of contract by virtue of Defendant&rsquo;s past service as Plaintiff&rsquo;s employee and attorney,&quot; including breaching &quot;the contractual terms of the confidentiality agreement he signed as a condition of employment with Plaintiff by both revealing Plaintiff&rsquo;s confidences, and spreading falsehoods about Plaintiff with malicious intent and to wholly self-serving ends. Defendant unlawfully converted Plaintiff&rsquo;s business property when he fraudulently misrepresented a business expenditure, and stated that he was owed an extra $74,000 over the true amount of the expenditure. Defendant was reimbursed based on the fraudulent misrepresentation, and accordingly converted $74,000 from Plaintiff. Defendant committed these breaches through myriad public statements, including the publication of two books, a podcast series, and innumerable mainstream media appearances, as detailed herein. Defendant has engaged in such wrongful conduct over a period of time and, despite being demanded in writing to cease and desist such unacceptable actions, has instead in recent months increased the frequency and hostility of the illicit acts toward Plaintiff. Defendant appears to have become emboldened and repeatedly continues to make wrongful and false statements about Plaintiff through various platforms. Such continuous and escalating improper conduct by Defendant has reached a proverbial crescendo and has left Plaintiff with no alternative but to seek legal redress through this action.&quot;</p>

Kansas House Bill 2439 on medication abortion

<p>Abortion opponents pushed a bill through the Kansas Legislature on Friday, April 7, 2023 to require providers to tell patients that a medication abortion can be &ldquo;reversed&rdquo; once it&rsquo;s started &mdash; a measure that could face a state court challenge if its supporters can overcome the governor&rsquo;s expected veto. Republican lawmakers pursued the bill even though experts dispute abortion opponents&rsquo; claims about medication abortions. Kansas&rsquo;s legal and political climate won&rsquo;t allow a ban on abortion, despite the U.S. Supreme Court&rsquo;s ruling in June 2022 that states can outlaw abortion. The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in 2019 that access to abortion is a matter of bodily autonomy and a &ldquo;fundamental&rdquo; right under the state constitution. Democrats argue the measure defies a decisive statewide vote in August affirming abortion rights. But Republican lawmakers and anti-abortion groups contend the vote last year doesn&rsquo;t preclude &ldquo;reasonable&rdquo; restrictions. They contend that the &ldquo;abortion pill reversal&rdquo; measure only ensures that patients have information. &ldquo;They need to be knowledgeable about what can happen,&rdquo; Republican state Rep. Susan Humphries, of Wichita, during a debate on the issue last week. The votes for the final version of the bill were 80-38 in the House and 26-11 in the Senate.</p>

Washington abortion drug ruling mifepristone

<p>U.S. District Judge Thomas Rice, an Obama appointee, ruled Friday, April 7, 2023 that the medication abortion drug mifepristone is safe and effective, writing of the states that filed the case against the Food and Drug Administration, &quot;First, the relief Plaintiffs seek by enjoining FDA from enforcing REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy) is inconsistent. Compare ECF Nos. 3 at 37 (enjoining 2023 REMS) with 3-1 at 3 (enjoining REMS entirely). Enjoining REMS from mifepristone entirely is well beyond the status quo. Indeed, enjoining the 2023 REMS and returning to the status quo would eliminate the ability of pharmacies to provide the drug, thereby reducing its availability. This runs directly counter to Plaintiffs&rsquo; request.&quot;</p>

Texas abortion drug ruling mifepristone

<p>U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, a Trump appointee, on Friday, April 7, 2023 ordered a hold on federal approval of mifepristone, writing, &quot;Over twenty years ago, the United States Food and Drug Administration (&ldquo;FDA&rdquo;) approved chemical abortion (&ldquo;2000 Approval&rdquo;). The legality of the 2000 Approval is now before this Court. Why did it take two decades for judicial review in federal court? After all, Plaintiffs&rsquo; petitions challenging the 2000 Approval date back to the year 2002, right? Simply put, FDA stonewalled judicial review &mdash; until now. Before Plaintiffs filed this case, FDA ignored their petitions for over sixteen years, even though the law requires an agency response within &ldquo;180 days of receipt of the petition.&rdquo; 21 C.F.R. &sect; 10.30(e)(2)). But FDA waited 4,971 days to adjudicate Plaintiffs&rsquo; first petition and 994 days to adjudicate the second. ... Had FDA responded to Plaintiffs&rsquo; petitions within the 360 total days allotted, this case would have been in federal court decades earlier. Instead, FDA postponed and procrastinated for nearly 6,000 days.&quot;</p>

Arkansas Senate Bill 508 on tire recycling (amended)

<p>Arkansas lawmakers on Friday, April 7, 2023 sent to the governor&rsquo;s desk a heavily amended bill that intends to provide some relief to the state&rsquo;s flagging tire recycling program without increasing fees on consumers. Senate Bill 508, which easily cleared the House and Senate on Friday, is intended to be a stopgap, said sponsor Rep. Justin Gonzales, R-Okolona. When presenting the bill on the House floor, Gonzales said Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders had indicated she would be willing to call a special session if stakeholders come to an agreement on long-term solutions for properly disposing of tires. The bill&rsquo;s Senate sponsor, Sen. John Payton, R-Wilburn, said a House amendment &ldquo;pretty much gutted&rdquo; the legislation when presenting it on the Senate floor. An earlier version of SB508 would have generated an estimated $3 million to $4 million in new fees to subsidize the disposal of tires, Payton said when presenting the bill in a Senate committee last week. The earlier version of SB508 would have expanded the types of tires subject to a $3 fee when purchased new at tire shops. It also would have imposed the new tire fee for each tire included in the sale of new vehicles.</p>

Senate Bill 396 on social media age verification

<p>The Arkansas Senate on Thursday, April 6, 2023 voted to send to Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders a bill that would require age verification for new social media users and parental permission for those younger than 18. After concurring with a House amendment to Senate Bill 396 by Sen. Tyler Dees, R-Siloam Springs, the Senate voted 21-3 to give final approval to the bill, &quot;An Act To Create The Social Media Safety Act; To Require Age Verification For Use Of Social Media; To Clarify Liability For Failure To Perform Age Verification For Use Of Social Media And Illegal Retention Of Data; And For Other Purposes.&quot; Eight senators voted present and one senator didn&rsquo;t vote on the bill with two other senators absent. Arkansas is following Utah as states that have passed bills restricting social media use for children. Dees told senators the House&rsquo;s amendment to the bill improved it based on suggestions from Apple, Facebook and Google, and the bill would apply to new accounts and would exempt YouTube. &ldquo;The heart of it is to protect children,&rdquo; he said.</p>

Jim Jordan subpoena to Mark Pomerantz

<p>Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, one of Donald Trump&rsquo;s fiercest allies in Congress, has issued a subpoena for a former prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney&rsquo;s office. Jordan, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, subpoenaed former New York County special assistant district attorney Mark Pomerantz to appear before the committee for a deposition. The move by Jordan comes two days after Trump was charged by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records. The charges are centered on checks Trump wrote to reimburse his lawyer Michael Cohen for $130,000 paid to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 presidential election. Trump pleaded innocent. Jordan&#39;s letter begins, &quot;The Committee on the Judiciary is conducting oversight of the New York County District Attorney&rsquo;s unprecedented indictment of a former President of the United States and current declared candidate for that office. On March 22, 2023, we requested that you voluntarily cooperate with our oversight by providing relevant documents and testimony pertaining to your role as a special assistant district attorney leading the investigation into the former President&rsquo;s finances. We received a reply letter dated March 27, 2023, stating that, at the instruction of the New York County District Attorney&rsquo;s Office, you would not cooperate with our oversight.&quot;</p>

Pentagon review of Afghanistan withdrawal

<p>A federal document outlining &quot;the key decisions and challenges&quot; involved in the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan begins, &quot;When he came into office, President Biden believed the right thing for the country was to end the longest war in American history and bring American troops home. As he laid out to the American people, after twenty years, the United States had accomplished its mission in Afghanistan: to remove from the battlefield the terrorists who attacked the United States on 9/11, including Osama bin Laden, and degrade the terrorist threat to the United States. Over two decades, the United States had also&mdash;along with our NATO allies and partners&mdash;spent hundreds of billions of dollars training and equipping the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and supporting successive Afghan governments. At the outset, America&rsquo;s goal was never to nation-build. But, over time, this is what America drifted into doing. Two decades after the war had started, America had become bogged down in a war in Afghanistan with unclear objectives and no end in sight and was underinvesting in today&rsquo;s and tomorrow&rsquo;s national security challenges.&quot;</p><p>It continues, &quot;President Biden&rsquo;s choices for how to execute a withdrawal from Afghanistan were severely constrained by conditions created by his predecessor. When President Trump took office in 2017, there were more than 10,000 troops in Afghanistan. Eighteen months later, after introducing more than 3,000 additional troops just to maintain the stalemate, President Trump ordered direct talks with the Taliban without consulting with our allies and partners or allowing the Afghan government at the negotiating table. In September 2019, President Trump embolded the Taliban by publicly considering inviting them to Camp David on the anniversary of 9/11. In February 2020, the United States and the Taliban reached a deal, known as the Doha Agreement, under which the United States agreed to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by May 2021. In return, the Taliban agreed to participate in a peace process and refrain from attacking U.S. troops and threatening Afghanistan&rsquo;s major cities&mdash;but only as long as the United States remained committed to withdraw by the agreement&rsquo;s deadline. As part of the deal, President Trump also pressured the Afghan government to release 5,000 Taliban fighters from prison, including senior war commanders, without securing the release of the only American hostage known to be held by the Taliban.&quot;</p>

Arkansas House Bill 1615 on religious freedom

<p>An Arkansas Senate panel on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 advanced a bill intended to strengthen religious freedom protections in state law. House Bill 1615 by Rep. Robin Lundstrum, R-Elm Springs, passed the Committee on Judiciary in a vote without audible dissent. The measure, which opponents say is unnecessary given existing religious freedom protections, moves to the full Senate for further action. Lundstrum told committee members the bill would update definitions in the state&rsquo;s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and codify legal precedent to prevent the state from discriminating against religious organizations.</p>

Skyline Report for second half of '22

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Read the full indictment against Trump

<p><span style="color: rgb(60, 60, 60); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Former President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records arising from a hush money payment to a porn actor during his 2016 campaign.</span></p>

House Bill 1689, school funding

<p>The House Education Committee approved a bill Thursday, March 30, 2023 to overhaul how the state funds public education. During a marathon meeting, the committee approved House Bill 1689, sponsored by Rep. Bruce Cozart, R-Hot Springs, that will create a new formula for how the state funds public schools. The bill is scheduled for a vote in the House of Representatives on Monday. If approved, school districts would receive a per-pupil base funding, and then additional weighted funding based on a variety of factors such as the number of special needs students, district size, population density or poverty. Cozart said the bill is based on how Tennessee funds public education. The state&rsquo;s funding formula is based on a school district with 500 students with schools receiving dollars on a per-student basis, taking in how much it should spend on teacher salaries, transportation and facilities, among other items. The current funding formula is flawed, Cozart said, as districts with fewer than 500 students are significantly underfunded when compared to their larger counterparts. The proposed formula calls for schools to receive additional funding for each student who is economically disadvantaged, resides in a small district, is in a sparsely populated area or experiences concentrated poverty. But exactly how it will work would be worked out at a later time, when lawmakers meet out of session.</p>

North Little Rock curfew post-tornado

<p>On April 1, 2023, North Little Rock Mayor Terry Hartwick declared a weekend curfew for much of the city, citing the emergency in place after a devastating tornado hit the city on March 31.</p>

Arkansas Senate Bill 508 on tire recycling

<p>An Arkansas Senate panel on Friday, March 31, 2023 advanced a bill that aims to restructure the state&rsquo;s tire recycling program and is expected to generate roughly $3 million to $4 million in new fees to help properly dispose of tires. Senate Bill 508 by Sen. John Payton, R-Wilburn, passed the Committee on Public Health, Welfare, and Labor in a voice vote without audible dissent. The bill, which received opposition from state government officials who asked lawmakers not to increase fees on Arkansans, moves to the full Senate for further consideration. Payton said he generally favors privatization, but he said that bolstering government subsidies is currently the only effective way to ensure waste tires are properly processed. SB508 would expand the definition of small tires, which are subject to a $3 fee when purchased new at tire shops, to include standard pick-up trucks, light-duty trucks, lawnmowers, golf carts, trailers and low-profile vehicles. Under current law, only tires for automobiles, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles are considered &ldquo;small tires.&rdquo;</p>

Sanders tornado disaster declaration, March 31, 2023

<p>WHEREAS: On March 31, 2023, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes struck Arkansas and continue to cause dangers, hardships, and suffering throughout the state, which in turn, warrants this executive action; WHEREAS: Great hardship has fallen upon citizens and businesses in Arkansas, as well as public and private properties throughout the state; WHEREAS: The weather-related damage from this event has created the need for commercial vehicles to haul heavy equipment, oversized loads, transformers, necessary hardware, and other transmission and distribution equipment to line crews for the purpose of restoring power to the citizens of the State of Arkansas; WHEREAS: There are numerous downed power lines, and it is important to maintain a safe distance from downed power lines and from the line crews and equipment restoring power to the citizens of the State of Arkansas; and WHEREAS: Pursuant to 49 CFR &sect;390.23, the Governor is authorized to declare a regional emergency for the duration of emergency conditions, not to exceed thirty (30) days from the date of the initial declaration of emergency, and any motor carrier or driver operating a commercial vehicle to provide emergency relief is temporarily exempt from the regulations found in 49 CFR &sect;390 to &sect;399 for the duration of the declared emergency. NOW THEREFORE, I, SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS, acting under the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Arkansas and pursuant to Act 511 of 1973, as amended, do hereby declare that a state of emergency exists in the State of Arkansas as applied to commercial vehicles hauling heavy equipment, oversized loads, transformers, necessary hardware, and other transmission and distribution equipment to line crews for the purpose of restoring power to the citizens of the State.</p><p>FURTHERMORE: I do hereby declare that a state of emergency exists in the State of Arkansas as applied to emergency response vehicles such as, but not limited to, utility vehicles, bucket trucks, and electric utility supply trucks responding to the storms and related damage. These emergency response vehicles are authorized to bypass all Arkansas Department of Transportation weigh station facilities through April 5, 2023. This authorization does not include vehicles that require permits to operate on Arkansas&rsquo; roadways. This authorization does not relieve size and weight restrictions. This declaration only applies to weigh stations and to vehicles traveling in convoy.</p>

Part of Affordable Care Act repealed

<p>A federal judge in Texas who previously ruled to dismantle the Affordable Care Act struck down a narrower but key part of the nation&rsquo;s health law Thursday that requires most insurers to cover preventive services that include screenings for cancer, diabetes and mental health. Other no-cost services, including HIV screenings, are also affected under the ruling by U.S. District Judge Reed O&rsquo;Connor that opponents say will jeopardize preventive care for millions of Americans. Experts cautioned that insurers are unlikely to stop any coverage immediately. The Biden administration was expected to appeal and seek a stay of the ruling. &ldquo;This is not the potential fatal blow to the ACA like previous court cases, but it would limit a very popular benefit that tens of millions of people use,&rdquo; said Larry Levitt, executive vice president for health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation. The decision comes more than four years after O&rsquo;Connor, a nominee of former President George W. Bush, ruled that the entire health care law also known as &ldquo;Obamacare&rdquo; was unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned that ruling. This time O&rsquo;Conner blocked only the requirement that most insurers cover a range of preventive care &mdash; including screenings for multiple types of cancer &mdash; siding with plaintiffs who include a conservative activist in Texas and a Christian dentist who opposed mandatory coverage for contraception and an HIV prevention treatment on religious grounds.</p>

Arkansas Senate Bill 549 of 2023, tax cuts

<p>Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders and legislative leaders have agreed to enact an individual income tax cut totaling about $100 million a year and a corporate income tax cut totaling about $24 million a year before this year&rsquo;s regular session ends, Sanders announced Thursday, March 30, 2023. Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Searcy, said the state&rsquo;s top individual income tax rate would be cut from 4.9% to 4.7% and the state&rsquo;s top corporate income tax rate would be cut from 5.3% to 5.1%, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2023, under his Senate Bill 549. Sanders and legislative leaders announced their income tax agreement and SB549 at a news conference in the governor&rsquo;s conference room on the 81st day of the 94th General Assembly&rsquo;s regular session, which legislative leaders said they are aiming to wrap up potentially April 7. Besides Dismang, legislative leaders at the news conference included House Speaker Matthew Shepherd, R-El Dorado; Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee Chairman Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana; and House Revenue and Taxation Committee Chairman Les Eaves, R-Searcy.</p>

House Bill 1610

<p>House Bill 1610</p>

House Bill 1726

<p>House Bill 1726</p>

FOIA Handbook 20th Edition

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House Bill 1468 to create the Given Name Act

<p>A bill to prohibit public school employees from calling students by their preferred name or pronoun without permission from a parent advanced out of a Senate committee on Wednesday, March 29, 2023. House Bill 1468 by Rep. Wayne Long, R-Bradford, would require a teacher to have written permission from a parent or guardian to address a student by a pronoun &ldquo;inconsistent with the unemancipated minor&rsquo;s or student&rsquo;s biological sex,&rdquo; or name other than the one listed on the birth certificate. The bill also would prohibit public schools and universities from punishing staff for not using a student&rsquo;s preferred name or pronoun. Long said the bill would protect the right of conscience for public school staff who do not want to use a student&rsquo;s preferred pronoun or name and notify parents if students ask a teacher to refer to them by a name or pronoun of their preference. The committee passed the bill through a voice vote, sending it to the Senate for action. The bill passed the House of Representatives earlier this month. The bill would not apply to derivatives of given names such as &ldquo;Bob&rdquo; for &ldquo;Robert,&rdquo; Long said. But school staff would not be able to refer to students by nicknames without written approval from a parent or guardian.</p>

House Bill 1610

<p>An act to amend the law concerning the freedom of information act of 1967.</p>

House Bill 1726

<p>An act to amend the law concerning the freedom of information act of 1967.</p>

Amendment HB1610-H1

<p>To amend the law relating to public meetings under the freedom of information act of 1967.</p>

House Parents Bill of Rights Act

<p>House Republicans on Friday, March 24, 2023 narrowly passed legislation that would fulfill a campaign promise to give parents a role in what&rsquo;s taught in public schools. It has little chance in the Democratic-run Senate and critics said it would propel a far-right movement that has led to book bans, restrictions aimed at transgender students and raucous school board meetings across the country. Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who made the Parents&rsquo; Bill of Rights Act a priority during the early weeks of his tenure, said Republicans were &ldquo;keeping our promise, our commitment to America, that parents will have a say in their kids&rsquo; education.&rdquo; The bill passed 213-208, with five Republicans &mdash; mostly members of the House Freedom Caucus &mdash; voting against it. It would require schools to publish course studies and a list of books kept in libraries, as well as affirm parents&rsquo; ability to meet with educators, speak at school board meetings and examine school budgets. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., successfully added amendments that would require schools to report when transgender girls join girls&rsquo; athletics teams and if transgender girls are allowed to use girls&rsquo; school restrooms or locker rooms. The bill would also require elementary and middle schools to get parents&rsquo; consent to change a child&rsquo;s gender designation, pronouns or name. House Freedom Caucus members unsuccessfully tried to add provisions that called for abolishing Department of Education programs in schools and endorsed vouchers that would send public funds to private schools.</p>

Court strikes down federal vaccine mandate

<p>President Joe Biden&rsquo;s order that federal employees get vaccinated against covid-19 has been blocked by a federal appeals court. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, in a decision Thursday, March 23, 2023, rejected arguments that Biden, as the nation&rsquo;s chief executive, has the same authority as the CEO of a private corporation to require that employees be vaccinated. The ruling from the full appeals court, 16 full-time judges at the time the case was argued, reversed an earlier ruling by a three-judge 5th Circuit panel that had upheld the vaccination requirement. Judge Andrew Oldham, nominated to the court by President Donald Trump, wrote the opinion for a 10-member majority. The ruling maintains the status quo for federal employee vaccines. It upholds a preliminary injunction blocking the mandate issued by a federal judge in January 2022. At that point, the administration said nearly 98% of covered employees had been vaccinated. And, Oldham noted, with the preliminary injunction arguments done, the case will return to that court for further arguments, when &ldquo;both sides will have to grapple with the White House&rsquo;s announcement that the COVID emergency will finally end on May 11, 2023.&rdquo; The successful argument against the mandate included the idea that while the government can make demands of employers, it cannot make demands of employees, including a requirement to get a vaccine.</p>

Arkansas House Bill 1688 on school funding

<p>A public school funding bill filed late Thursday, March 23, 2023 in the Arkansas Legislature calls for a per student spending increase for the 2023-2024 and 2024-25 academic years. But it is less than what lawmakers recommended in the fall. Overall, funding for public schools in House Bill 1688 &mdash; the legislation filed late Thursday and sponsored by Rep. Brian Evans of Cabot and Sen. Jane English of North Little Rock, both Republicans &mdash; would increase by about 2.8%. Precise figures were not available late Thursday and were not included in the version of the six-page bill. The legislation calls for an increase in the per-student foundation funding by $205 to $7,618 for the 2023-2024 school year. For the 2024-2025 school year, the legislation calls for the per-student funding to increase to $7,771. The per-pupil funding for the 2022-2023 school year is $7,413. The funding bill filed Thursday is part of a mandated process that lawmakers review education adequacy and determine how much the state will spend on public schools for the next two-years. The per-student foundation funding is the largest part of state funding for public education. Schools also recieve supplemental state and federal funds for education.</p>

LRCVB Tourism Master Plan 2023

<p>LRCVB Tourism Master Plan 2023</p>

Arkansas House Bill 1684 on abortion health

<p>A bill filed Wednesday, March 22, 2023 would broaden the exception to Arkansas&rsquo; abortion ban, allowing the procedure when necessary to protect the health of the mother. Rep. Denise Garner, D-Fayetteville, filed House Bill 1684 the day after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that that state&rsquo;s constitution guarantees the right to an abortion when a doctor has determined that continuing a pregnancy would endanger a woman&rsquo;s life due to a medical condition she is suffering from or is likely to suffer from. Currently, abortions in Arkansas are allowed only to save the life of a woman during a medical emergency. HB1684 would allow women to seek an abortion in cases where there is a &ldquo;health-endangering&rdquo; condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy. The bill would also delete the word &ldquo;physical&rdquo; from language in the state&rsquo;s ban that defines a medical emergency as a situation in which a woman&rsquo;s life is endangered by a physical disorder, injury, illness or condition. Garner&rsquo;s bill did not have any co-sponsors as of Wednesday and had yet to be assigned to a committee.</p>

Florida proposes expanding Don't Say Gay rule

<p>Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis &rsquo; administration is moving to forbid classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in all grades, expanding the controversial law critics call &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t Say Gay&rdquo; as the Republican governor continues to focus on cultural issues ahead of his expected presidential run. The proposal, which would not require legislative approval, is scheduled for a vote next month before the state Board of Education and has been put forward by the state Education Department, both of which are led by appointees of the governor. The rule change would ban lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity from grades 4 to 12, unless required by existing state standards or as part of reproductive health instruction that students can choose not to take. The initial law that DeSantis championed last spring bans those lessons in kindergarten through the third grade. The change was first reported by the Orlando Sentinel. The rule states that educators &quot;shall not intentionally provide classroom instruction to students in grades 4 through 12 on sexual orientation or gender identity unless such instruction is either expressly required by state academic standards as adopted in Rule 6A-1.09401, F.A.C., or is part of a reproductive health course or health lesson for which a student&rsquo;s parent has the option to have his or her student not attend.&quot;</p>

Sanders repeals covid executive orders (seal)

<p>On January 13, 2023, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders repealed five executive orders on the covid-19 pandemic issued by the Hutchinson administration, disbanding the Arkansas Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Steering Committee; the Governor&#39;s Medical Advisory Committee for Post-Peak COVID-19 Response; the Governor&rsquo;s COVID-19 Testing Advisory Group; the Governor&rsquo;s COVID-19 Technical Advisory Board; and the Governor&rsquo;s COVID-19 Winter Task Force. Sanders noted that &quot;In an appearance on CBS&rsquo; &ldquo;60 Minutes&rdquo; on September 18, 2022, President Joe Biden said the &ldquo;pandemic is over;&rdquo; the first case of COVID-19 was identified more than three years ago, and it is time for Arkansas&mdash;and America&mdash;to get back to normal; and it is the position of this administration to begin prioritizing and promoting other public health challenges.&quot; As of March 22, 2023, that meant that the Arkansas Department of Health ended daily covid updates on its online dashboard.</p>

Federal Reserve raises rate March 2023

<p>The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point Wednesday, March 22, 2023, moving forward with its year-long fight against high inflation despite concern its rate increases can fuel instability in the banking system. Financial markets expected the quarter-point move, which brings the Fed&rsquo;s base policy rate to between 4.75-5%. The Fed&#39;s statement reads: &quot;Recent indicators point to modest growth in spending and production. Job gains have picked up in recent months and are running at a robust pace; the unemployment rate has remained low. Inflation remains elevated. The U.S. banking system is sound and resilient. Recent developments are likely to result in tighter credit conditions for households and businesses and to weigh on economic activity, hiring, and inflation. The extent of these effects is uncertain. The Committee remains highly attentive to inflation risks. The Committee seeks to achieve maximum employment and inflation at the rate of 2 percent over the longer run. In support of these goals, the Committee decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 4-3/4 to 5 percent. The Committee will closely monitor &nbsp;incoming information and assess the implications for monetary policy. The Committee anticipates that some additional policy firming may be appropriate in order to attain a stance of monetary policy that is sufficiently restrictive to return inflation to 2 percent over time. In determining the extent of future increases in the target range, the Committee will take into account the cumulative tightening of monetary policy, the lags with which monetary policy affects economic activity and inflation, and economic and financial developments. In addition, the Committee will continue reducing its holdings of Treasury securities and agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities, as described in its previously announced plans. The Committee is strongly committed to returning inflation to its 2 percent objective.&quot;</p>

Senate Bill 449

<p>TO CREATE THE ARKANSAS BROADBAND ADVISORY COUNCIL; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.</p>

House Bills 1496, 1521 and 1561, protection

<p>At least three bills intended to shield professionals ranging from Little League umpires to police officers from harm by stiffening state criminal law are working their way through the Arkansas Legislature. House Bill 1496, which aims to safeguard athletic officials from physical abuse, and House Bill 1561, which seeks to add charges for drivers who injure or kill road workers, passed the House in March 2023 with broad support and are bound for the Senate. The House Committee on Judiciary is expected to continue its consideration of House Bill 1521, which would create a criminal penalty for disarming a law enforcement officer, after the Legislature returns from its spring break March 27. By creating new charges that prosecutors could use alongside existing penalties, sponsors said their bills would help deter people from harming officials. In some instances, however, lawmakers have expressed concerns about singling out certain groups for special protection under the law and placing additional charges on defendants who may already be facing extended sentences. Rep. RJ Hawk, who is sponsoring HB1496, told the House on Thursday that his bill would help protect athletic officials at the Little League, high school and collegiate levels.</p>

HB 1679 on student-athlete likeness rights

<p>An Arkansas lawmaker filed a bill filed March 17, 2023 to study the prospects of allowing high school athletes the right to receive compensation for their likeness. Rep. R.J. Hawk, R-Bryant, filed House Bill 1679 to have lawmakers meet to discuss and study the issue when they are out of session. Currently, the Arkansas Activities Association, the regulatory body for high school athletics, does not allow student-athletes to receive compensation for their name, image or likeness. If passed, the House and Senate education committees would be tasked with whether high school students should be able to receive compensation for their publicity rights and sponsorship deals. Lawmakers would have to file a written report by Oct. 31, 2024, on their findings, according to the bill.</p>

Preliminary NTSB report from Feb. 22 plane crash in Little Rock

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Slack-Lato, Slack-Fractions, appleLogo, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: common-ligatures; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; float: none; display: inline !important;">Preliminary NTSB report from Feb. 22 plane crash in Little Rock</span></p>

Arkansas AG's brief supporting motion to end continued supervision of Camden-Fairview SD

<p>Arkansas AG&#39;s brief supporting motion to end continued supervision of Camden-Fairview SD</p>

Arkansas HB 1559 on implicit-bias training at schools

<p>The Arkansas House Education Committee signed off Thursday, March 16, 2023 on a bill barring public schools and universities from requiring their employees to participate in implicit bias training, or programs aimed at having people recognize potential inherit and unconscious biases they may have against people from a different race, ethnicity, religion or gender. House Bill 1559 by Rep. Mindy McAlindon, R-Centerton, is a preemptive measure against a practice that is popular among some human resource departments across the country, McAlindon said. The bill moves to the House for action. <span style="color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">McAlindon</span> said implicit-bias training was not a problem in many Arkansas schools, but that &quot;I have anecdotal evidence of people saying that they&rsquo;ve attended trainings that have implicit bias in it that they&rsquo;ve been uncomfortable with.&rdquo; McAlindon, a first-term member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, said a recent study showed implicit bias training, &ldquo;while well-meaning, does not lead to meaningful change and can actually lead to an increase in anger and frustration.&rdquo;</p>

Arkansas HB 1479 on Chinese land purchases

<p>A bill that cleared the Arkansas House of Representatives on Thursday, March 16, 2023 would bar entities connected with the People&rsquo;s Republic of China from owning agricultural land in Arkansas. House Bill 1479 proposes barring a governmental entity, company or other entity either based in the People&rsquo;s Republic of China or directly or indirectly held or controlled by China&rsquo;s government from acquiring or purchasing agricultural land in Arkansas. The bill, filed February 21, passed through the House Agriculture, Forestry &amp; Economic Development Committee before Thursday&rsquo;s vote; the bill now heads to the Senate Agriculture, Forestry &amp; Economic Development Committee. The bill was submitted by Rep. Chad Puryear, R-Hindsville, who is a member of the House Agriculture, Forestry &amp; Economic Development Committee and was elected to the state Legislature for the first time in January, and it is co-sponsored by Sen. Jim Petty, R-Van Buren. Entities affiliated with China would essentially not be able to acquire legal title to agricultural land in Arkansas, Puryear said at a House Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee meeting on March 1.</p>

Arkansas HB 1649 to amend student-athlete publicity act

<p>Arkansas House Speaker Matthew Shepherd filed a bill Thursday, March 16, 2023 to expand the state&rsquo;s law that allows college athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness to include some high school students. The state&rsquo;s current name, image and likeness law applies only to students who are enrolled in a college or university. House Bill 1649 would expand the law to include high school students who have signed a national letter of intent, or similar agreement, or have been accepted to a college or university. Previously the National Collegiate Athletic Association had barred college athletes from profiting of their name, image and likeness but ended the policy in June 2021. Under the name, image and likeness policy, athletes can be compensated through marketing and promotional events, such as product endorsements, autographs and more. By allowing some high school athletes to enter into name, image and likeness deals, Shepherd said the proposed bill is aimed at keeping the state&rsquo;s universities competitive in the often cutthroat world of recruiting. &ldquo;From my perspective, I&rsquo;d rather [prefer] that we didn&rsquo;t have to go down this road, but the fact of the matter is that&rsquo;s the environment in which we live, that&rsquo;s the world in which we live,&rdquo; Shepherd told reporters during a news conference after the House adjourned Thursday. &ldquo;So it&rsquo;s important that our laws are keeping up with what&rsquo;s going on across the country.&rdquo; However, the bill addresses only a portion of high school athletes, with Shepherd deferring a future name, image likeness policy for all high school athletes to the Arkansas Activities Association, saying he expects there to be an interim study to look into the issue.</p>

Senate Bill 377 of 2023 on initiative signatures

<p>The Senate Judiciary Committee weighed into a contentious bout of Arkansas casino politics on March 15, 2023, advancing a bill that would make it a crime to destroy signatures on a ballot petition. The bill comes from the heated campaign over a proposed amendment to the state&rsquo;s constitution to revoke the gaming license for Pope County, which has become a bitter debate between two American Indian groups that had vied for the license. Senate Bill 377, sponsored by Sen. Kim Hammer, R-Benton, would make it a misdemeanor to destroy a signature, other than your own, on a ballot petition. The bill stems from incidents in which canvassers, who were paid to collect signatures to get the amendment on November&rsquo;s ballot, were threatened and harassed, they told the committee. The bill also states paying a person or accepting money to destroy ballot signatures would count as a Class A misdemeanor. The proposed legislation also concerns people known as &ldquo;blockers,&rdquo; who are hired by campaigns to convince people not to sign ballot petitions. The bill would require paid signature blockers to register with the state, just as paid canvassers are required to do.</p>

Bud Walton Aren proposal

<p>Bud Walton Aren proposal</p>

Justice Department disputes Proud Boys appeal

<p>The Justice Department has fired back at a bid by defense attorneys to have the seditious conspiracy case against the far-right group Proud Boys thrown out based on footage of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot aired by television personality Tucker Carlson. A lawyer for Proud Boys defendant Dominic Pezzola filed a motion to dismiss the case in early March 2023, citing Carlson&rsquo;s show as he argued prosecutors withheld surveillance footage from the riot and concocted &ldquo;a lie&rdquo; that an insurrection occurred that day in 2021. Prosecutors responded that all but 10 seconds of Capitol surveillance footage, including the clips played by Carlson, had been released to Pezzola, Chansley and all defendants in September 2021. The clips shown by Carlson &ldquo;are not exculpatory of Pezzola or any other participant in the siege of the Capitol,&rdquo; prosecutors Jason McCullough and Conor Mulroe wrote, adding, &ldquo;Once tethered to facts and reality, defendant Pezzola&rsquo;s arguments quickly unravel.&quot;</p>

Senate Bill 81, fully amended, on libraries

<p>The Arkansas House on March 15, 2023 passed a bill intended to create a process for challenging books available to children in public and school libraries. Senate Bill 81, which also would create an offense for &ldquo;furnishing a harmful item to a minor&rdquo; and strike a defense from state law intended to protect librarians from criminal prosecution under obscenity laws, received a vote of 56 to 25 with eight members voting present. The bill returns to the Senate for concurrence with a House amendment. House sponsor Rep. Justin Gonzales, R-Okolona, said the bill would not &ldquo;send all your librarians to jail&rdquo; or create a list of banned books. For librarians to be prosecuted under the bill, Gonzales said they would have to knowingly distribute obscene material to children. Critics have said the challenge process could lead to libraries and local elected officials being hampered by costly challenges. Those against the bill have said it would invest legislative bodies with judicial power and could disproportionally affect books written by and about LGBTQ people. Parents who testified in favor of the bill have said it is needed to protect children from obscene material. Supporters also have contended more transparency is needed when it comes to decisions made by libraries on which books they carry. SB81 would require libraries to form committees to review challenges to books. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Jonesboro, the bill&rsquo;s sponsor in the Senate, has said these committees would be subject to open meetings laws.</p>

Senate Bill 380

<p>An act to amend the freedom of information act of 1967.</p>

Text of HB 1156 — updated 3.9.23

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Senate Bill 382

<p>An act to amend the freedom of information act of 1967.</p>

Restraining order issued in Summit case

<p>A restraining order was issued in the Summit Utilities case.&nbsp;</p>

Conway SD 4.20—USE OF BATHROOMS AFFECTED BY GENDER

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Senate Bill 381

<p>An act to amend the freedom of information act of 1967.</p>

Summit customers' complaints

<p>Summit customers&#39; complaints were shared with the court.&nbsp;</p>

Copy of HB 1610

<p>An act to amend the law concerning the freedom of information act of 1967</p>

Act 237 — Arkansas LEARNS Act

<p>&lt;br&gt;&lt;/br&gt;</p>

Lawsuit filed regarding Act 236

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(239, 239, 239); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Lawsuit filed regarding Act 236</span></p>

An oral history project interview with Jack Holt

<p>Arkansas Supreme Court Project Arkansas Supreme Court Historical Society Interview with Jack W. Holt Jr. Little Rock, Arkansas November 1, 2012 Interviewer: Ernest Dumas</p>

Senate Bill 40 of 2023 on fentanyl test strips

<p>An Act To Amend The Law Concerning The Possession Of Fentanyl Test Strips; To Exclude Fentanyl Test Strips From The Definition Of &quot;Drug Paraphernalia&quot; Under The Uniform Controlled Substances Act; And For Other Purposes. Subtitle: To Exclude Fentanyl Test Strips From The Definition Of &quot;Drug Paraphernalia&quot; Under The Uniform Controlled Substances Act. SECTION 1. Arkansas Code &sect; 5-64-101(12), concerning the definition of &quot;drug paraphernalia&quot; under the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, is amended to add an additional subdivision to read as follows: (D) &quot;Drug paraphernalia&quot; does not include a disposable, single-use test strip that can detect the presence of fentanyl or fentanyl analogs in a substance;</p>

Texas Republican Tony Gonzales censured

<p>The Texas Republican Party on Saturday, March 4, 2023 censured U.S. Representative Tony Gonzales, saying, &quot;WHEREAS, Rule 44 of the Republican Party of Texas states that &ldquo;a County or Senatorial District Convention or a County or District Executive Committee may, after notice and invitation to the officeholder to appear and be provided time to speak before a County or Senatorial Convention or a County or District Executive Committee, by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting, but in no case by less than a majority of the County Executive Committee (CEC) in full, adopt a resolution censuring a Republican public officeholder representing all or a portion of that County or District for three (3) or more actions taken during the current biennium in opposition to the core principles of the Republican Party of Texas as defined in the Preamble of the Party Platform as described in Rule No. 43A or to the Legislative Priorities adopted at the most recent State Convention as described in Rule 34(c)&rdquo;.&quot; The resolution censuring Gonzales argued that he violated the tenets of the Republican Party of Texas by twice siding with Democrats in Congress on the &quot;Respect for Marriage Act&quot; and ignoring the core principle of &quot;self-sufficient families, founded on the traditional marriage of a natural man and a natural woman,&quot; and that in voting against the rules package proposed by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Gonzales ignored four other core principles of Texas Republicans: &ldquo;Preserving individual, Texan, and American sovereignty and freedom;&rdquo; &ldquo;Limiting government power to those items enumerated in the United States and Texas Constitutions;&rdquo; &ldquo;Personal accountability and responsibility;&rdquo; and &ldquo;A free enterprise society unencumbered by government interference or subsidies.&rdquo; </p>

Senate Bill 307 of 2023 abortion monument

<p>Arkansas state Sen. Kim Hammer, a Republican from Benton, proposes &quot;An Act To Create A Monument To The Unborn; To Create A Monument On State Capitol Grounds; To Amend The Law Concerning The Duties Of The Secretary Of State; And For Other Purposes.&quot; saying he hopes people who would see the monument would remember a chapter in the state&rsquo;s history in which &ldquo;so many babies were aborted. ... It will give us an opportunity to hopefully fight to make sure that that history is never repeated.&quot; The proposal cites the United States Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women&rsquo;s Health Organization, which notes that &quot;abortion after quickening was a crime according to the common law of England,&quot; and says that, &quot;as a memorial to the lives lost from 1973 to 2022 due to the decisions of the United States Supreme Court, and as a constant reminder of our duty to protect the life of every innocent human person, no matter how young or old, or how helpless and vulnerable that person may be, it is the intent of the General Assembly of the State of Arkansas to enact the Monument to Unborn Children Display Act, &sect; 22-3-223, and the Monument to Unborn Children Display Fund.&quot; The Arkansas secretary of state is allowed to collect donations for the monument and to find a suitable place for its display.</p>

House Bill 1365 of 2023 on catalytic converter theft

<p>House Bill 1365 aims to make the &ldquo;unauthorized possession of a catalytic converter&rdquo; a felony and increase penalties for the theft of a catalytic converter. Arkansas state Rep. Mike Holcomb, a Republican from Pine Bluff, said the measure was needed to address the widespread theft of catalytic converters from vehicles. Holcomb said he met with stakeholders, including representatives of scrap metal recyclers, county officials and law enforcement officers, to create the bill, which would allow a person to be charged with a crime if he or she knowingly &ldquo;possess a catalytic converter that has been removed from a motor vehicle and that is not permanently marked.&rdquo; The measure would not apply if the person is the owner of the vehicle from which the converter was removed or possess the converter in the &ldquo;ordinary course&rdquo; of their business.</p>

Little Rock ordinance on short-term rentals

<p>A 2023 draft ordinance under consideration by the Little Rock Board of DIrectors would define short-term property rentals through Airbnb or Vrbo the same way as bed-and-breakfasts. Per the ordinance: &quot;There is hereby levied a tax of 4% upon the gross receipts or gross proceeds derived and received from the renting, leasing or otherwise furnishing of hotel, motel, house, cabin, bed and breakfast, campground, condominium, or apartment accommodations, or other similar rental accommodations for sleeping, meeting, or party or banquet use for profit in the city, provided that such levy shall not apply to the rental or leasing of such accommodations for a period of thirty (30) days or more; and Be amended to read as follows: There is hereby levied a tax of 4% upon the gross receipts or gross proceeds derived and received from the renting, leasing or otherwise furnishing of hotel, motel, house, cabin, bed and breakfast, Short-Term Rentals, campground, condominium, or apartment accommodations, or other similar rental accommodations for sleeping, meeting, or party or banquet use for profit in the city, provided that such levy shall not apply to the rental or leasing of such accommodations for a period of thirty (30) days or more.&quot;</p>

Senate Bill 197 of 2023 on short term rentals

<p>Senate Bill 197 of 2023, &quot;An Act To Prohibit Certain Restrictions On The Regulation Of Short-term Rentals; And For Other Purposes,&quot; states that Arkansans have a constitutional right to use their property without intrusion by the government: &quot;Local governments often hold back tourism and infringe on property owners&#39; private property rights in this state by passing ordinances that inhibit property owners&#39; right to use their property as they see fit.&quot; However, it noted that local government may enforce an ordinance that requires applicants to obtain a permit at no cost prior to their operation of a short-term rental. The measure is designed to prohibit regulations on short-term property rentals through services such as Airbnb and Vrbo.</p>

Sam Bankman-Fried superseding indictment

<p>FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried faced new fraud charges Thursday, February 23, 2023, as prosecutors accused him of cheating thousands of investors out of billions of dollars while casting himself as a trustworthy &ldquo;savior of the cryptocurrency industry&rdquo; &mdash; an image boosted by celebrity-studded Super Bowl advertising and big donations to political figures. Four new charges, including securities fraud and conspiracy fraud counts, were unveiled with the unsealing of the refreshed indictment in Manhattan federal court that was returned a day earlier. Prosecutors said Bankman-Fried, popularly called SBF, cast himself as a &ldquo;figurehead of a trustworthy and law-abiding segment of the cryptocurrency industry&rdquo; that sought to protect investors and clients. &ldquo;As recently as late 2022, Bankman-Fried boasted about FTX&rsquo;s profits and portrayed himself as a savior of the cryptocurrency industry, making venture investments and acquisitions purportedly to assist struggling industry participants,&rdquo; the new indictment says.</p>

Arizona AG Brnovich letter to Karen Fann

<p>In an April 2022 &quot;interim report&quot; to Karen Fann, then-Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich claimed that his investigation &ldquo;revealed serious vulnerabilities that must be addressed and raises questions about the 2020 election in Arizona,&rdquo; adding, &quot;This is a crisis that should be addressed immediately.&quot; Brnovich&#39;s Democratic successor released documents in February 2023 that suggest Brnovich had a report establishing that the election was actually conducted largely without incident.</p>

Arizona 2020 election review summary

<p>A March 2022 summary of investigative findings into the 2020 election in Arizona was never released by Attorney General Mark Brnovich, according to his successor, Democratic Attorney General Kris Mayes. The summary here <span style="color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">ruled out most of the fraud claims spread by allies and supporters of former President Donald Trump, and refuted various allegations made in forensic reports produced by Cyber Ninja after the election.</span></p>

Council member Frazier to Pine Bluff mayor Washington

<p>Pine Bluff City Council Member Lanette Frazier has accused fellow Pine Bluff Ward 3 Council Member Glen Brown Sr. of verbally attacking and &ldquo;aggressively&rdquo; approaching her and invading her personal space after a special called City Council meeting February 7, 2023. Frazier documented her allegations against Brown in a letter addressed to Mayor Shirley Washington dated Feb. 10 and also forwarded to Pine Bluff Police Chief Denise Richardson. &ldquo;On Tuesday, February 7, 2023, after the Special Call[ed] City Council meeting, I was verbally attacked and aggressively approached by Council Member Glen Brown Sr.,&rdquo; Frazier said at the beginning of her letter. &ldquo;He invaded my personal space and got into my face stating that &lsquo;he knows that I am going to vote for anything Go Forward.&rsquo; I responded to Council Member Brown Sr. that I did not want to hear it and to leave me alone.&rdquo; Frazier alleged in the letter that Brown continued to follow her and told her: &ldquo;be quiet,&rdquo; adding &ldquo;that everyone did not need to hear what he was saying to me.&quot; adding, &quot;Council Member Brown Sr. continued to follow me to the point of physically bumping up against me ranting his point of view. ... As I continued to walk to my car, Council Member Brown Sr. stated that &lsquo;he knew that I got paid by Go Forward because [another city council candidate] told him that he received a check and that he was mad because you received a check too.&rdquo;</p>

House Bill 1370 of 2023

<p>Solar-power advocates and Arkansas&rsquo; largest utilities, continuing a four-year battle over compensation for implementing the alternative-energy source, clashed again Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at the state Capitol over legislation that would reduce reimbursements for solar users. House Bill 1370, presented to the House Insurance &amp; Commerce Committee in a daylong hearing, was developed &ldquo;to prevent cost-shifting and ensure fairness to all ratepayers&rdquo; by reducing compensation to solar users for the excess power they generate and return to electric grids &mdash; electricity that is then distributed to utility customers across the state. &ldquo;This bill creates a level playing field for all electric customers in the state of Arkansas,&rdquo; said Rep. Lanny Fite, R-Benton, a sponsor of the legislation along with Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe. &ldquo;There is a cost shift and that&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;re here today.&rdquo; The bill&rsquo;s supporters, generally the state&rsquo;s largest electric utilities, contend that cost shifting is occurring because solar users do not pay the same costs to maintain and improve the electric grid as do customers who rely solely on the utilities to supply power. In effect, they argue net-metering compensation acts as a subsidy for solar customers. HB1370 would lower that compensation to wholesale rates the utilities pay other power providers &mdash; a difference of about 5 cents per kilowatt hour. Retail rates mean the utilities pay one-to-one compensation to solar users, who are credited at the same amount the electric providers charge to deliver power to homes and businesses. The policy is commonly known as net-metering. Entergy Arkansas says the current retail rate is about 11 cents and wholesale ranges from 4 to 6 cents.</p>

SB 294

<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; min-height: 14.0px;">AN ACT TO CREATE THE LEARNS ACT; TO AMEND VARIOUS PROVISIONS OF THE ARKANSAS CODE AS THEY RELATE TO EARLY CHILDHOOD THROUGH GRADE TWELVE (12) EDUCATION IN THE STATE OF ARKANSAS; TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.&nbsp;</p>

Arkansas Senate Bill 81 of 2023 on libraries

<p>Arkansas state Sen. Dan Sullivan, Republican from Jonesboro, has amended a bill he filed in January 2023 that created an uproar among librarians across the state. Senate Bill 81 is titled &quot;To amend the law concerning libraries and obscene materials; to create the offense of furnishing a harmful item to a minor; and to amend the law concerning obscene materials loaned by a library,&quot; and the amendments ensure that the bill applies to physical materials contained within the library. The proposal also establishes that a parent or guardian of a minor can retrieve that minor&#39;s library records.</p>

Rick Scott 11-point GOP policy plan

<p>In his &quot;11 Point Plan to Rescue America&quot; from 2022, before the midterm elections, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, writes, &quot;The militant left now controls the entire federal government, the news media, academia, Hollywood, and most corporate boardrooms &ndash; but they want more. They are redefining America and silencing their opponents. Among the things they plan to change or destroy are: American history, patriotism, border security, the nuclear family, gender, traditional morality, capitalism, fiscal responsibility, opportunity, rugged individualism, Judeo-Christian values, dissent, free speech, color blindness, law enforcement, religious liberty, parental involvement in public schools, and private ownership of firearms. Is this the beginning of the end of America? Only if we allow it to be.&quot; The plan became more controversial in 2023 because of the &quot;government reform&quot; provision that &quot;All federal legislation sunsets in 5 years. If a law is worth keeping, Congress can pass it again,&quot; which was interpreted to be a way to cut or end Medicare and Social Security.</p>

Dominion lawsuit against Fox News

<p>Private exchanges between Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham and other network bigwigs &mdash; including the chairman of Fox Corp., Rupert Murdoch &mdash; show a wide chasm between what the network promoted in prime time and the doubts its stars held behind the camera, according to new court filings in a defamation lawsuit being waged by Dominion Voting Systems, a company whose voting systems were regularly maligned on air.</p>

House Oversight letter on Afghanistan withdrawal

<p>In a letter sent to Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and to Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the House Oversight Committee led by James Comer, R-Kentucky, writes, &quot;The Committee on Oversight and Accountability is continuing to investigate the Biden Administration&rsquo;s 2021 Afghanistan evacuation. After more than $2 trillion spent on the war and reconstruction efforts, Americans deserve answers and have received few from the Biden Administration. You were at the center of planning the withdrawal and evacuation and advised President Biden on decisions that amounted to tactical and strategic failures. The Committee requests documents regarding this series of costly and deadly failures in Afghanistan.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Grand jury report 2.16.23

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Senate Bill 260 of 2023 on ballot initiatives

<p>An Arkansas Senate committee on Thursday, February 16, 2023 endorsed a bill that would require the sponsors of proposed ballot measures to collect sufficient signatures of registered voters from at least 50 counties, up from the current requirement of 15 counties, to qualify their measures for the ballot. Senate Bill 260 would also increase the number of signatures of registered voters required from these counties from one-half to third-fourths of the designated percentage of registered voters who cast ballots in the previous gubernatorial election.</p>

SB270 of 2023 on transgender bathroom use

<p>Arkansas state Sen. John Payton, R-Wilburn, filed a bill Wednesday, February 15, 2023 to make it a misdemeanor if an adult uses a restroom designated for the opposite biological sex if a minor is inside. Senate Bill 270 would make it a misdemeanor if an adult &ldquo;enters into or remains in a public changing facility that is assigned to persons of the opposite sex while knowing a minor of the opposite sex is present in the public changing facility.&rdquo; The bill would apply to places where &ldquo;a person may be in a state of undress in the presence of other persons,&rdquo; such as a locker room. The bill would not apply to private changing rooms at clothing stores. The bill defines &quot;sex&quot; as &quot;a person&#39;s immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy and genetics existing at the time of birth.&quot;</p>

Arkansas sues EPA over rejecting air quality rule

<p>Arkansas filed a lawsuit Thursday, February 16, 2023 challenging the Environmental Protection Agency&rsquo;s decision to reject its plan to comply with federal rules that are supposed to assure that the state&rsquo;s coal-fired power plants and industrial sites don&rsquo;t pollute the air in other states. The state filed a petition with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals over the EPA disapproving the state&rsquo;s plan to meet the &ldquo;good neighbor&rdquo; obligations under the Clean Air Act. The EPA rejected plans from Arkansas and 18 other states this week.</p>

CBO visual summary, 2023-2033

<p>&quot;In this report, the Congressional Budget Office describes its projections of the federal budget and the U.S. economy under current law for this year and the decade that follows. The deficit is projected to total $1.4 trillion in 2023; annual deficits average $2.0 trillion over the 2024&ndash;2033 period. CBO expects economic growth to stagnate and inflation to slow in 2023 in response to the sharp rise in interest rates during 2022. After that, in CBO&rsquo;s projections, output grows at a more robust pace as inflation continues to decline toward the Federal Reserve&rsquo;s long-run goal of 2 percent. In CBO&rsquo;s projections, the deficit amounts to 5.3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2023. (Deficits and spending have been adjusted to exclude the effects of shifts that occur in the timing of certain payments when October 1 falls on a weekend.) Deficits fluctuate over the next four years, averaging 5.8 percent of GDP. Starting in 2028, they grow steadily; the projected shortfall in 2033 is 6.9 percent of GDP&mdash;significantly larger than the 3.6 percent of GDP that deficits have averaged over the past 50 years.&quot;</p>

Copy of Senate Bill 262

<p>To amend the public education reorganization act</p>

House Bill 1399

<p>To amend the law regarding publication requirements for counties and municipalities; to amend the law concerning elections; and to amend the law concerning tax delinquency lists.</p>

Florida College Board responds to DeSantis

<p>In January 2023, the Florida Department of Education rejected an Advanced Placement African American Studies course, saying in a letter to the College Board that the course is &ldquo;inexplicably contrary to Florida law and significantly lacks educational value,&rdquo; adding, &quot;In the future, should College Board be willing to come back to the table with lawful, historically accurate content, FDOE will always be willing to reopen the discussion.&quot; The College Board responds in this memo, saying its members &quot;deeply regret not immediately denouncing the Florida Department of Education&rsquo;s slander, magnified by the DeSantis administration&rsquo;s subsequent comments,&quot; adding, &quot;Our failure to raise our voice betrayed Black scholars everywhere and those who have long toiled to build this remarkable field. We should have made clear that the framework is only the outline of the course, still to be populated by the scholarly articles, video lectures, and practice questions that we assemble and make available to all AP teachers in the summer for free and easy assignment to their students. This error triggered a conversation about erasing or eliminating Black thinkers. The vitriol aimed at these scholars is repulsive and must stop.&quot;</p>

Arkansas Education Statistics Report 2021-2022

<p>The average per pupil expenditure in Arkansas&rsquo; traditional school districts was $1,203 in the last fully completed 2021-22 school year, according to the Annual Statistical Report approved in February 2023 by the Arkansas Board of Education. The average salary for non-federally funded classroom teachers was $53,416 and for all state-licensed educators &mdash; excluding those paid with federal money &mdash; the average was $56,181. The salary information and other data about the revenue and expenditures of individual districts, along with statewide totals, make up the 402-page report.</p>

Arkansas LEARNS description

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Report from Forward Arkansas

<p>Report from Forward Arkansas.</p>

Americans for Prosperity 2024 memo

<p>In an internal memo to Americans for Prosperity and <span style="color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Americans for Prosperity</span> Action, Emily Seidel, CEO of Americans for Prosperity, writes that the United States &quot;must move past the current political situation &ndash; we&rsquo;ve got to turn the page on the past several years&quot; in what was seen as a implied rebuke of former President Donald Trump. Seidel adds, &quot;The best thing for the country would be to have a president in 2025 who represents a new chapter. The American people have shown that they&rsquo;re ready to move on, and so AFP will help them do that. It looks like the Democrats have already chosen their path for the presidential &ndash; so there&rsquo;s no opportunity to have a positive impact there. But AFP Action is prepared to support a candidate in the Republican presidential primary who can lead our country forward, and who can win.&quot;</p>

Hiring freeze memorandum

<div title="Page 1"><span style="font-size: 11.000000pt; font-family: 'ArialMT';">While the hiring freeze is in effect, state agencies are prohibited from filling a vacant position that existed on or after January 10, 2023, unless the position is exempted, or the state entity submits a request to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and receives approval to fill the position.&nbsp;</span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

Public defender letter

<p>Public defender letter to Gov. Sanders.</p>

Public defender objection court filing

<p>State of Arkansas vs Justin Davis</p>

Copy of HB1127

<p>To create the rural emergency hospital act.</p>

Senate Bill 138

<p>To repeal the licensing requirement of clinics and health centers in which a pregnancy of a woman known to be pregnant is willfully terminated or aborted.</p>

Senate Bill 125 on public college classroom speech

<p>Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Jonesboro, on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, withdrew his bill that he said<span style="background-color: transparent;">&nbsp;was aimed at extending campus First Amendment protections to inside classrooms at public colleges.&nbsp;</span>Sullivan, whose Senate district is home to Arkansas State University&rsquo;s campus in Jonesboro, decided to withdraw his bill before the committee could vote on it, sensing it was likely to fail. Sullivan contended the bill only allows for brief and nonviolent disruptions inside campus buildings, but opponents worried that the bill would allow for protests and disruptions in class. Sullivan also wanted to preempt any campus speech code that would &quot;mandate the use of specific words, including without limitation pronouns,&quot; targeting transgender and nonbinary students. He said it would protect the free expression of students who misgender their classmates, but also students who wanted to dress in drag.&nbsp;</p>

Senate Bill 43

<p>To classify a drag performance as an adult-oriented business; and to add additional location restrictions to an adult-oriented business.</p>

Revised AP Black History course

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Revised AP Black History course.</span></p>

House Bill 1156

<p>Concerning a public school district or open-enrollment public charter school policy relating to a public school student&#39;s sex.</p>

Senate Bill 43 amendment

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Copy of House Bill 1156

<p>Concerning a public school district or open-enrollment public charter school policy relating to a public school student&#39;s sex.</p>

Copy of Senate Bill 71

<p>To prohibit discrimination or preferential treatment by the state of Arkansas and other public entities.</p>

Copy of Senate Bill 66

<p>To create the protection of minors from distribution of harmful material act.</p>

African American Studies - PILOT COURSE GUIDE

<p>African American studies</p>

Copy of HB1125

<p>To prohibit a registered sex offender from purchasing, owning, possessing, using, or operating an unmanned aircraft for private use.</p>

Copy of HB 1320

<p>To amend the law concerning initiative petitions and referendum petitions; and to require the attorney general to review an initiative petition or referendum petition before circulation.&nbsp;</p>

Minihan memo on possible war with China

<p>China could be at war with the United States in 2025, a top Air Force general predicted in a memo to troops under his command, asserting a significantly shorter timeline before potential conflict than any other senior U.S. defense official to date. Gen. Michael Minihan, who as head of Air Mobility Command oversees the service&rsquo;s fleet of transport and refueling aircraft, warned personnel to speed their preparations for a potential conflict, citing Chinese President Xi Jinping&rsquo;s aspirations and the possibility that Americans will not be paying attention until it is too late. &ldquo;I hope I am wrong,&rdquo; Minihan wrote in the memo, future-dated February 1, 2023. &ldquo;My gut tells me we will fight in 2025. Xi secured his third term and set his war council in October 2022. Taiwan&rsquo;s presidential elections are in 2024 and will offer Xi a reason. United States&rsquo; presidential elections are in 2024 and will offer Xi a distracted America. Xi&rsquo;s team, reason, and opportunity are all aligned for 2025.&rdquo;</p>

Financial plan for Jackson, Mississippi water

<p>The interim manager appointed by the U.S. Justice Department to fix the troubled water system in Mississippi&rsquo;s capital city released a new financial plan Friday, January 27, 2023 to change the way Jackson bills for water and spend hundreds of millions of federal relief funds paying down the system&rsquo;s debt. The plan would relieve the water system of its debt and introduce a new billing model that would become effective in the budget year that begins Oct. 1. The proposed reforms would allow Jackson to pay for the costs of improving and operating a water system that is in such disrepair it could fail again at any moment, said Ted Henifin, the interim water manager. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve got to tell you, I could walk out of here right now and lose the system. It&rsquo;s that tenuous,&rdquo; Henifin said at a Friday news conference. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve done a lot to improve this system, but it might fail tomorrow.&rdquo; The plan would change the way Jackson issues fees for water use. Water fees would be capped at $150 per month for homes with a value of $160,000 or more. Bills for commercial and other properties would be capped at $600 a month. This is part of Henifin&rsquo;s proposed solution to a loss of revenue Jackson has experienced as its tax base eroded over the past few decades.</p>

Pope Francis letter clarifying homosexuality stance

<p>The Rev. James Martin, an American Jesuit who runs the U.S.-based Outreach ministry for LGBTQ Catholics, asked Pope Francis for clarification on comments in which he said that homosexuality is not a crime. In the pope&rsquo;s handwritten response on the Outreach website late Friday, January 27, 2023, Francis reaffirmed that homosexuality &ldquo;is not a crime,&rdquo; and said he spoke out &ldquo;in order to stress that criminalization is neither good nor just. When I said it is a sin, I was simply referring to Catholic moral teaching, which says that every sexual act outside of marriage is a sin&quot; -- with &quot;every sexual act outside of marriage&quot; underlined. &quot;Of course, one must also consider the circumstances, which may decrease or eliminate fault. As you can see, I was repeating something in general. I should have said &#39;It is a sin, as is any sexual act outside of marriage.&#39; This is to speak of &#39;the matter&#39; of sin, but we know well that Catholic morality not only takes into consideration the matter, but also evaluates freedom and intention; and this, for every kind of sin. And I would tell whoever wants to criminalize homosexuality that they are wrong.&quot;</p>

Arkansas Supreme Court on mask mandates

<p>Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Robin Wynne writes: &quot;The State of Arkansas appeals from an order of the Pulaski County Circuit Court declaring Act 1002 of 2021 unconstitutional and permanently enjoining its enforcement. Because the circuit court did not have subject-matter jurisdiction to enter the order, we vacate the order and dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction. In April 2021, the Arkansas General Assembly passed Act 1002 of 2021, codified at Arkansas Code Annotated section 20-7-144 (Supp. 2021), which prohibits state agencies, political subdivisions of the state, and state and local officials from mandating the use of face masks, face shields, or other face coverings.&quot; Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders praised the ruling, saying it was a &quot;promising first step&quot; in forbidding mask mandates in the state: &quot;I promised that when I was elected, Arkansas would not have mask or COVID-19 vaccine mandates and we would not shut down churches and schools because we believe in personal freedom and responsibility.&quot;</p>

Charging documents in Wyoming crash that killed Sylvan Hills group

<p>Documents filed Wednesday, January 25, 2023 in Carbon County, Wyoming, Circuit Court have Arthur Andrew Nelson facing 11 counts, including six felonies, for starting the chain of events that led to the collision deaths of Susana &ldquo;Suzy&rdquo; Prime, 18; Ava Luplow, 18; Andrea Prime, 23; Salomon Correa, 21; and Maggie Franco, 20, all current or former students of Sylvan Hills High School in Sherwood, and all attached to Faith Bible Fellowship Church in North Little Rock.</p>

Little Rock 2023 tourism master plan

<p>The goal of this Tourism Master Plan is to combine a vision for the future with actionable strategies to build a roadmap for Little Rock&rsquo;s tourism industry over the next 10 years.</p>

Natural State Initiative

<p>Executive order to establish the Natural State Initiative.&nbsp;</p>

Gov. Sanders parental choice proclamation

<p>Proclamation on Arkansas Parental Choice Week</p>

Copy of the House joint resolution

<p>A constitutional amendment concerning the salaries of elected constitutional officers of the executive department, members of the general assembly, supreme court justices, court of appeal judges, and prosecuting attorneys.</p>

Carpenter memo on Kenyan Lowe at MHA

<p>Thomas &quot;Tom&quot; Carpenter, city attorney for Little Rock, writes to Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. and members of the city Board of Directors that Kenyon Lowe cannot be nominated for another term as head of the Metropolitan Housing Authority because the Board of Directors had already rejected his nomination. In a memo dated January 16, 2023, Carpenter says that statutes plainly state that if an appointment is rejected, commissioners must nominate another person.</p>

Chief Justice Roberts Little Rock Central report

<p>In Chief Justice John Roberts&#39; 2022 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary, he discusses plans to restore the judge&#39;s bench used during arguments before U.S. District Judge Ronald N. Davies over desegregation in Little Rock: &quot;The little Auxiliary Courtroom where Judge Davies had presided was decommissioned as part of a courthouse renovation. This past year, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas worked with the General Services Administration &mdash; which manages government real estate nationwide &mdash; to recover the judge&rsquo;s bench and other original courtroom furnishings. The District Court and GSA are, together, refurbishing an era-faithful courtroom in the working part of what is today the Richard Sheppard Arnold U.S. Courthouse so that these important artifacts will be used to hold court once again, and also for programs about the events of 1957 and the rule of law in our country.&quot;</p>

Yellen updates McCarthy on debt limit

<p>Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Thursday, January 19, 2023, writes again to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to warn him of the &quot;extraordinary measures&quot; being taken because the government has reached its debt limit, after notifying him almost a week earlier that the limit would be reached on that date. &quot;As I stated in my January 13 letter, the period of time that extraordinary measures may last is subject to considerable uncertainty, including the challenges of forecasting the payments and receipts of the U.S. Government months into the future. I respectfully urge Congress to act promptly to protect the full faith and credit of the United States.&quot;</p><p><br></p>

Arkansas House Bill 1159 to ban police academy hazing

<p>Arkansas House Bill 1159 of the 2023 legislative session, &quot;An act to prohibit hazing at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy; to define hazing; to establish penalties for hazing; and for other purposes,&quot; subtitled, &quot;To prohibit hazing at the <span style="color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy</span>; to define hazing; and to establish penalties for hazing,&quot; was drafted in response to the training death of Jonesboro Police Officer Vincent Parks, but it was pulled after assurances were received from the Department of Safety that hazing measures will be included in the training manual.</p>

Text of Senate Bill 43

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Supreme Court report on Dobbs leak

<p>The Supreme Court, in a January 19, 2023 statement on the investigation into &quot;one of the worst breaches of trust in its history,&quot; the <span style="color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">May 2022 leak of the opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, says a team &quot;</span>has to date been unable to identify a person responsible by a preponderance of the evidence&quot; for the leak: &quot;The Chief Justice assigned the task to the Marshal of the Supreme Court and her staff. After months of diligent analysis of forensic evidence and interviews of almost 100 employees, the Marshal&rsquo;s team determined that no further investigation was warranted with respect to many of the &#39;82 employees [who] had access to electronic or hard copies of the draft opinion.&#39;&quot;</p>

Copy of Senate Bill 66

<div title="Page 1"><p>To create the protection of minors from distribution of harmful material act; To establish liability for the publication or distribution of material harmful to minors on the internet; And to require reasonable age verification.</p></div>

Executive summary

<div title="Page 1"><span style="font-size: 11.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPS'; font-weight: 700;">Creating Affordable Housing for the Chronically Unhoused in Pulaski County.</span></div>

Community Village FAQ

<div title="Page 1"><span style="font-size: 12.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">Pulaski County seeks to provide a community for chronically homeless in Pulaski County.</span><br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</div>

Copy of Senate Bill 62

<div title="Page 1"><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'Prestige';">TO PROHIBIT PUBLIC ENTITIES FROM CONTRACTING WITH COMPANIES THAT BOYCOTT &nbsp;ENERGY, FOSSIL FUEL, FIREARMS, AND AMMUNITION INDUSTRIES.<br></span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

House Bill 1018

<div title="Page 1"><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'Prestige';">TO ALLOW MEMBERS OF A MUNICIPAL FIRE DEPARTMENT BOMB SQUAD TO MAKE ARRESTS AND LAWFULLY CARRY A WEAPON IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.&nbsp;</span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><p><br></p>

Text of HB 1156

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Comer to Klain on Biden classified documents

<p>In a letter dated January 15, 2023, U.S. Rep. James Comer, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, writes to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain that the committee is &quot;continuing to investigate President Biden&rsquo;s mishandling of highly classified documents,&quot; arguing that the six-year period in which they were stored at his home raises questions &quot;about who may have reviewed or had access to classified information. Additionally, President Biden&rsquo;s personal attorneys, who do not possess security clearances, and White House staff continue to access and search the President&rsquo;s residence in Wilmington, Delaware for classified documents. Given the serious national security implications, the White House must provide the Wilmington residence&rsquo;s visitor log. As Chief of Staff, you are head of the Executive Office of the President and bear responsibility to be transparent with the American people on these important issues related to the White House&rsquo;s handling of this matter.&quot; The letter then asks for Klain to provide &quot;All documents and communications related to the searches of President Biden&rsquo;s home(s) and other locations by Biden aides for classified documents&mdash;including but not limited to the dates of the searches and identity of the aides; and the visitor log of President Biden&rsquo;s Wilmington, Delaware home from January 20, 2021 to present.&quot;</p>

Sanders repeals covid executive orders

<p>On January 13, 2023, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders repealed five executive orders on the covid-19 pandemic issued by the Hutchinson administration, disbanding the Arkansas Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Steering Committee; the Governor&#39;s Medical Advisory Committee for Post-Peak COVID-19 Response; the Governor&rsquo;s COVID-19 Testing Advisory Group; the Governor&rsquo;s COVID-19 Technical Advisory Board; and the Governor&rsquo;s COVID-19 Winter Task Force. Sanders noted that &quot;In an appearance on CBS&rsquo; &ldquo;60 Minutes&rdquo; on September 18, 2022, President Joe Biden said the &ldquo;pandemic is over;&rdquo; the first case of COVID-19 was identified more than three years ago, and it is time for Arkansas&mdash;and America&mdash;to get back to normal; and it is the position of this administration to begin prioritizing and promoting other public health challenges.&quot;</p>

Yellen letter to McCarthy on debt limit

<p>Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen writes Friday, January 13, 2023 to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to say that the statutory debt limit of the United States would be reached the following Thursday, January 19.</p>

Findings, conclusions in Pope County casino case

<p>Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law in Pope County casino case involving Gulfside Casino Partnership, Arkansas Racing Commission, Cherokee Nation Businesses, Legends Resort and Casino, and Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma</p>

Order in Pope County casino case

<p>Order in Pope County casino case involving Gulfside Casino Partnership, Arkansas Racing Commission, Cherokee Nation Businesses, Legends Resort and Casino, and Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma</p>

Executive Order To Prioritize L.E.A.R.N.S.

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">EXECUTIVE ORDER TO PRIORITIZE L.E.A.R.N.S. (LITERACY, EMPOWERMENT, ACCOUNTABILITY, READINESS, NETWORKING, AND SCHOOL SAFETY)</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre;white-space:pre-wrap;">WHEREAS: &nbsp; Every Arkansas child should have access to a quality education, a good-paying job, and a better life&mdash;right here&mdash;in Arkansas;</span></p>

Little Rock sued over Confederate statue

<p>The lawsuit James Frank Clark III vs. City of Little Rock, which calls for the restoration of a Confederate monument in Little Rock, says, in part, &quot;The Capitol Guards Monument, more formally known as the Memorial to Company A, Capitol Guards, was a Civil War memorial located at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History at MacArthur Park in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas. The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History at MacArthur Park was created to honor our State&rsquo;s military heritage and to preserve the contributions of Arkansas men and women who served in the armed forces. The Monument stood just northeast of the building formerly known as the Tower Building of the Little Rock Arsenal and consisted of a bronze statute which depicted a Confederate Soldier and was mounted on a granite column. This historical monument was installed in 1911 and dedicated during the 1911 United Confederate Veterans Reunion. ... It is part of the history of Arkansas and is considered an historical monument under Act 1003 of 2021.&quot;</p>

An executive order to reduce government rules and regulations

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An executive order to reduce government rules and regulations

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Sanders' remarks to Legislature

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Sanders' inaugural address

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Senate Bill 43 draft bill

<div title="Page 1"><span style="font-size: 10.000000pt; font-family: 'Prestige';">An act to classify a drag performance as an adult-oriented business; and to add additional location restrictions to an adult-oriented business.&nbsp;</span></div>

University of Texas to Patrick on critical race theory

<p>In response to Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick&#39;s call for higher education institutions not to teach critical race theory, faculty members at the University of Texas passed a resolution stating, in part, &quot;Whereas educating about systemic barriers to realizing a multiracial democracy based on race or gender should be understood as central to the active and engaged pursuit of knowledge in the 21st century to produce engaged and informed citizens ... whereas the University of Texas at Austin declares that &ldquo;diverse people and ideas&rdquo; are central to the core values of the institution along with &ldquo;learning,&rdquo; &ldquo;discovery,&rdquo; and &ldquo;freedom&rdquo;; whereas in a nation that has for centuries struggled with issues of racial inequity and injustice, many students do not have adequate knowledge of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ history and the policies that contributed to inequities, the University of Texas at Austin has a responsibility and opportunity to help build equity and social justice. Resolution: THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Council resolutely rejects any attempts by bodies external to the faculty to restrict or dictate the content of university curriculum on any matter, including matters related to racial and social justice, and will stand firm against any and all encroachment on faculty authority including by the legislature or the Board of Regents. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Faculty Council stands with our K-12 colleagues throughout the country who may be affected by this kind of pernicious legislation when they seek to teach the truth in U.S. history and civics education.&quot;</p>

Texas Gov. Abbott's letter to Biden on border crisis

<p>In a letter that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott handed to President Joe Biden on the president&#39;s January 2023 visit to the border, Abbott writes, &quot;Dear President Biden: Your visit to our southern border with Mexico today is $20 billion too little and two years too late. Moreover, your visit avoids the sites where mass illegal immigration occurs and sidesteps the thousands of angry Texas property owners whose lives have been destroyed by your border policies. Even the city you visit has been sanitized of the migrant camps which had overrun downtown El Paso because your Administration wants to shield you from the chaos that Texans experience on a daily basis. This chaos is the direct result of your failure to enforce the immigration laws that Congress enacted. Under President Trump, the federal government achieved historically low levels of illegal immigration. Under your watch, by contrast, America is suffering the worst illegal immigration in the history of our country. Your open-border policies have emboldened the cartels, who grow wealthy by trafficking deadly fentanyl and even human beings. Texans are paying an especially high price for your failure, sometimes with their very lives, as local leaders from your own party will tell you if given the chance. All of this is happening because you have violated your constitutional obligation to defend the States against invasion through faithful execution of federal laws. Halfway through your presidency, though, I can finally welcome you to the border,&quot; then offers advice for Biden for &quot;when you finish the photo-ops in a carefully stage-managed version of El Paso.&quot;</p>

DeSantis mobilizes National Guard for Cuban migrants

<p>Saying that he was following up on a September 28, 2021 executive order &quot;directing state law enforcement agencies and other state agencies to take necessary actions to protect Floridians from the dangerous impacts of the Biden Border Crisis,&quot; Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issues an executive order for the Adjutant General to activate the Florida National Guard, as needed, to deal with this emergency.&quot;</p>

The fentanyl bill proposed for the 2023 state legislative session

<p>AN ACT TO AMEND PENALTIES FOR OFFENSES INVOLVING FENTANYL; TO ENHANCE SENTENCES FOR CERTAIN OFFENSES INVOLVING FENTANYL; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.</p>

Report from the Joint Committee on Taxation

<p>Report from the Joint Committee on Taxation</p>

Stacey Witherell memo on Tom Carpenter

<p>The human resources director at the city of Little Rock told the mayor and his chief of staff that the use of a racial slur in any context was prohibited by the city&rsquo;s disciplinary action policy after an employee claimed City Attorney Tom Carpenter used a racial slur, records show. In an email, Little Rock Chief People Officer Stacey Witherell went on to suggest that certain behaviors by supervisors and department directors could warrant termination instead of the 20-day workday suspension city policy called for upon a first offense. Witherell sent the email to Mayor Frank Scott Jr. and his chief of staff, Kendra Pruitt, on Sept. 27, one day after Witherell learned that Samantha Wilson &mdash; then an Arkansas Freedom of Information Act coordinator assigned to the city attorney&rsquo;s office &mdash; claimed Carpenter said a racial slur in conversation, according to a separate Sept. 27 memo from Witherell addressed to Scott and City Manager Bruce Moore.</p>

Lake election claims dismissed in Arizona

<p>A judge has thrown out Republican Kari Lake&rsquo;s challenge of her defeat in the Arizona governor&rsquo;s race to Democrat Katie Hobbs, rejecting her claim that problems with ballot printers at some polling places on Election Day were the result of intentional misconduct. In a decision Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022, Maricopa County Superior Judge Peter Thompson found that the court did not find clear and convincing evidence of the widespread misconduct that Lake alleged had affected the result of the 2022 general election. The judge said Lake&rsquo;s witnesses did not have any personal knowledge of intentional misconduct, and &ldquo;The Court cannot accept speculation or conjecture in place of clear and convincing evidence.&rdquo;&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Lake will appeal the ruling, she said in a statement.</span>&nbsp;</p>

The Final Report on Jan. 6, 2021

<p>Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.</p>

Voting lawsuit

<div title="Page 1"><span style="font-size: 12.000000pt; font-family: 'Century';">Action regarding the use of Election Systems and&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12.000000pt; font-family: 'Century';">Software, LLC, (ESS) voting machines in Arkansas elections.<br></span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

U.S. priest defrocked by Vatican

<p>Archbishop Christophe Pierre writes, &quot;Rev. Frank Pavone, the founder of the organization Priests for Life, Inc., was dismissed from the clerical state by the Holy See on 9 November 2022. This action was taken after Father Pavone was found guilty in canonical proceedings of blasphemous communications on social media, and of persistent disobedience of the lawful instructions ofhis diocesan bishop. Father Pavone was given ample opportunity to defend himself in the canonical proceedings, and he was also given multiple opportunities to submit himself to the authority of his diocesan bishop. It was determined that Father Pavone had no reasonable justification for his actions. Since Priests for Life, Inc. is not a Catholic organization, Mr. Pavone&rsquo;s continuing role in it as a lay person would be entirely up to the leadership of that organization.&quot;</p>

TikTok Usage on State Devices

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(253, 252, 250); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">FBI Director Christopher Wray warned citizens about usage of TikTok. TikTok&rsquo;s privacy and data collection policies allow for the capture of sensitive, personally identifiable information (PII) and that data is stored in locations that could be accessed by the Government of the People&rsquo;s Republic of China for use other than permissions given by the user. In testimony before the Homeland Security Committee last month, the FBI called TikTok a risk to national security.</span></p>

Oppenheimer security clearance restored

<p>Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm writes, &quot;The question of whether Dr. Oppenheimer, or any other individual of that time, ought to have been eligible for access to restricted data is not one that this Department can or should attempt to answer seventy years later. Security clearance adjudication proceedings necessarily depend on sensitive judgments regarding the credibility of oral testimony and other evidence best evaluated within its own context. Therefore, we will not reconsider the substantive merits of In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Nevertheless, even with the passage of time, we can say with confidence that, in conducting the Oppenheimer proceeding, the [Atomic Energy Commission] failed to follow its own rules. We can also conclude that these failures were material to the fairness of the proceeding. There can be little question that allowing the lawyers charged with making the case for revocation to serve as assistants to the Board and to guide them through the documentary evidence for an entire week before the hearing may have colored the Board members&rsquo; perception of the issues and prevented them from entering the hearing with open minds. Further, when the matter proceeded to the AEC for final action, Dr. Oppenheimer&rsquo;s counsel was kept unaware of the actual findings and recommendations presented to the AEC by the General Manager, which differed substantially from those of the Personnel Security Board. By preventing its subject from addressing the charges made against him, the AEC undeniably compromised the effectiveness of its proceeding. These failures warrant vacating the AEC&rsquo;s order and, in the case of an active clearance seeker, would warrant a new adjudication conducted in accordance with the applicable rules. In the case of Dr. Oppenheimer there will of course be no new adjudication. Vacatur of the AEC&rsquo;s 1954 decision In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer will conclude the Department&rsquo;s actions in this matter. Pursuant to the authority vested in the Secretary of Energy to carry out the functions of the Atomic Energy Commission, I hereby order that the decision rendered on June 29, 1954, In The Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer be vacated.&quot;</p>

Food desert working group report

<p>A Report &amp; Recommendations From The 2022 Arkansas Governor&rsquo;s Food Desert Working Group.</p>

Maps of grant project areas

<p>Maps show proposed grant projects areas.</p>

8th Circuit opinion 12.15.22

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Greg Adams letter on LRSD cyber attack

<p>The Little Rock School District announced Thursday, December 15, 2022, that it has finalized a settlement to the recent cyberattack on the district&#39;s computer network systems, but it divulged no details on any ransom that might have been paid. &quot;As of today, we can report that a final agreement has been executed,&quot; said Greg Adams, who has served as the School Board president, in a letter to stakeholders that was posted on the district&#39;s website at about 8:30 p.m. Friday. &quot;We cannot share the details of this agreement but we are in the process of retrieving the data that was taken from our system. Once we have confirmation that this process is complete, we will contact every individual whose data may have been compromised and will provide credit monitoring/identity theft services to these individuals,&quot; he said.</p>

LR Superintendent statement

<div title="Page 1">Little Rock Superintendent Jermall Wright read aloud at a Dec. 5 special meeting of the Little Rock School Board about a breach of the district&#39;s information network and what was an undisclosed Nov. 21 meeting of the school board on the matter.</div>

2022 Arkansas Women's Commission Report

<p>&quot;<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">The most significant findings of the 2022 Arkansas Women&rsquo;s Commission are not revelatory: Women in Arkansas continue to bear the greatest burden of family care, which includes child and elder care, and COVID-19 further brought this open secret into stark relief. The Commission&rsquo;s recommendations are equally unsurprising. There is not much about reducing the barriers to women in Arkansas &ndash; in wages, in professional advancement, in access to child care, or in terms of access to health care &ndash; that is novel. What deserves continued vigilance is working together to address them.&quot;</span></p>

Rache Bader Investigation Report

<p>Rachel Bader has alleged that a hostile work environment was made by the former director of air service development at Clinton National. But her claims were not substantiated, according to a memo authored by the airport&rsquo;s H.R. director.</p>

Bartley letters Arkansas Museum Fine Arts

<p>A gallery in the new Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts building will be named for Jeannette Edris Rockefeller, a museum benefactor and former Arkansas first lady, said Harriet and Warren Stephens, co-chairs of the museum&rsquo;s capital campaign. Winthrop and Jeannette Rockefeller were significant supporters of the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts decades ago, when it was known as the Arkansas Arts Center. The Stephenses talked about the Rockefeller gallery name on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, in response to questions about a bequest from Anne Bartley of San Francisco, Jeannette Rockefeller&rsquo;s daughter, who had changed her mind and decided not to leave $500,000 to the museum in her will after assuming that a gallery in the new museum wouldn&rsquo;t be named for her mother, the Arkansas Times blog reported on Wednesday, Nov. 30.</p>

Facebook Metaverse policy approach

<p>Facebook parent Meta Platforms is urging policymakers to pause creating new rules governing the so-called metaverse. In a policy paper released Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, Meta argues that many of the world&rsquo;s existing laws and regulations will also apply to activity in the metaverse &mdash; a catch-all term that refers to an immersive virtual world that doesn&rsquo;t yet exist in which users could someday work, play games, shop and interact. The paper Friday is an effort by Meta to shape future legislation impacting the metaverse, a technology so central to the company&rsquo;s mission that it rebranded to &ldquo;Meta Platforms Inc.&rdquo; from &ldquo;Facebook Inc.&rdquo; last year.</p>

Supreme Court opinion Dec. 1, 2022

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Arkansas House Bill 1013

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none; text-decoration-skip-ink: none;">Read copy of Arkansas House Bill 101</span><a href="http://arkansasonline.com/1130hb1013/" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-skip-ink: none;">3&nbsp;</a></p>

Rachel Bader resigns from Clinton Airport

<p>The former director of air service development for Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field complained of a hostile work environment when she resigned, according to a copy of her resignation letter. Rachel Bader started working for the airport in 2017 and was promoted to director of air service development last January, according to an Arkansas Business article. Bader&rsquo;s undated resignation letter was addressed to Executive Director Bryan Malinowski and Deputy Executive Director Tom Clarke. In it, Bader wrote that she was resigning &ldquo;immediately.&rdquo; Among other workplace issues, Bader wrote that her efforts related to community outreach were discouraged by Malinowski, Clarke and Shane Carter, the airport&rsquo;s director of public affairs and governmental relations.</p>

LR hires Texas firm in department head search

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">CONTRACT: LR hires Texas firm in department head search&nbsp;</span></p>

Department of Corrections class action complaint

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FTX Trading Bankruptcy filing

<p>The man who had to clean up Enron says the situation at crypto exchange FTX is even worse, describing what he calls a &ldquo;complete failure&rdquo; of corporate control. A filing by John Ray III, the new CEO of the bankrupt cryptocurrency firm, lays out a damning description of FTX&rsquo;s operations under founder Sam Bankman-Fried &mdash; from a lack of security controls to business funds being used to buy employees&rsquo; homes. &ldquo;Never in my career have I seen such a complete failure of corporate controls and such a complete absence of trustworthy financial information as occurred here,&rdquo; Ray said. &ldquo;From compromised systems integrity and faulty regulatory oversight abroad to the concentration of control in the hands of a very small group of inexperienced, unsophisticated and potentially compromised individuals, this situation is unprecedented.&quot;</p>

Respect for Marriage Act

<p>The Respect for Marriage Act would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman and allowed states to decline to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. That law has remained on the books despite being declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court&rsquo;s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. The new Respect for Marriage Act would also protect interracial marriages by requiring states to recognize legal marriages regardless of &ldquo;sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin.&rdquo; The bill has gained steady momentum since the Supreme Court&rsquo;s June decision that overturned Roe v. Wade and the federal right to an abortion. An opinion at that time from Justice Clarence Thomas suggested that an earlier high court decision protecting same-sex marriage could also come under threat.</p>

11/08/22 Mar-a-Lago brief

<div title="Page 1">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<p>The parties agreed to brief five global issues to the Special Master in an effort to minimize the burden of the document review. The five global issues appear in the table that the parties jointly submitted in Docket Entry ( D.E. ) 161-1, at 1:</p><p><br></p></div>

Prosecutors' note on Giuliani case

<p>The Government writes to notify the Court that the grand jury investigation that led to the issuance of the above-referenced warrants has concluded, and that based on information currently available to the Government, criminal charges are not forthcoming.</p>

Trump hotel spending report

<p>I write to request presidential records from the NationalArchives and Records Administration(NARA) to determine whether former President Trump distorted U.S. foreign policy to serve his own financial interests at the expense of the American people and in violation of his oath of office.</p><div title="Page 1"><p><br></p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

Records: FBI pondered using phone spyware

<p>Dozens of internal FBI documents and court records, produced in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by The New York Times against the bureau, show that FBI officials made a push in late 2020 and the first half of 2021 to deploy Pegasus &mdash; the hacking tool made by the Israeli spyware firm NSO that penetrates mobile phones and extracts their content &mdash; in its own criminal investigations.</p>

Montana rejects 'Infant Protection Act'

<p>Montana voters have rejected a legislative referendum that raised the prospect of criminal charges for health care providers unless they take &ldquo;all medically appropriate and reasonable actions to preserve the life&rdquo; of an infant born alive, including after an attempted abortion. The proposal contended that the state of Montana &quot;asserts a compelling interest in protecting the life of any infant born alive following an abortion,&quot; adding, &quot;In the absence of proper legal protections, newly born infants who have survived abortions have been denied appropriate lifesaving or life-sustaining medical care and treatment and have been left to die.&quot;</p>

Vindman suit against Trump allies dismissed

<p>A judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit that accused Donald Trump&rsquo;s oldest son and other Trump allies of an intimidation and defamation campaign targeting a retired Army lieutenant colonel who served as a key witness in the former president&rsquo;s first impeachment case. Alexander Vindman testified during 2019 impeachment proceedings about a phone call in which Trump pressed his Ukraine counterpart to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Trump was impeached by the House but acquitted by the Senate in February 2020. He sued earlier this year in Washington&rsquo;s federal court, accusing Donald Trump Jr. and others of participating in an &ldquo;intentional, concerted campaign of unlawful intimidation and retaliation&rdquo; over his decision to testify. In his ruling Tuesday, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg acknowledged that the &ldquo;defendants leveled harsh, meanspirited, and at times misleading attacks&rdquo; against Vindman. But, he said, &ldquo;political hackery alone does not violate&rdquo; the law and allow for a successful lawsuit.</p>

Mississippi's Reeves response to Congress

<p>In his response to the House committees on Oversight and Reform, and Homeland Security, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves writes that his administration is &quot;<span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: Poppins, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">deeply committed to ensuring that all federal funds received by Mississippi for drinking water systems upgrades have been in the past and will continue to be in the future made available and distributed among Mississippi&rsquo;s more than 1,100 water systems on an objective and race-neutral basis,&quot; arguing that even Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said, &quot;<span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: Poppins, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">I know there&rsquo;s a water problem with the City of Jackson, but nobody has shared the facts on the problem with me. ... When we don&rsquo;t see the plan for that investment, there is a reluctance to invest on it.&quot;</span></span></p>

Congress letter to Mississippi's Tate Reeves

<p>The House committees on Oversight and Reform, and Homeland Security, write to Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves &quot;to express our continued concern about the recent water crisis in Jackson. Mississippi has received more than $10 billion in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, including $429 million that was specifically allotted to enhance the state&rsquo;s water infrastructure. We urge you to devote adequate funding to Jackson to ensure residents have access to safe and healthy drinking water and to avert a future water crisis. On August 29, 2022, torrential rain in the Jackson area caused floodwater to seep into the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant, leading to the failure of the backup pumps upon which the plant relied. The resulting system-wide loss of water pressure left Jackson residents without reliable access to safe drinking water for more than two weeks. Approximately 180,000 people living in the affected area were forced to rely on bottled water, costing some residents as much as $200 per month. Others, unable to reach water distribution sites or boil tap water, were left with no choice but to drink untreated water.&quot;</p>

Federal court order in Pulaski County desegregation case

<div title="Page 1">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<p><span style="font-size: 15.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(18.000000%, 18.000000%, 20.400000%);">The Court appreciates the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District&#39;s July 2022 facilities report. No one has objected to it. Understandably so - the report reflects JNPSD&#39; s sprint toward completing&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 16.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(18.000000%, 18.000000%, 20.400000%);">an&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 15.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(18.000000%, 18.000000%, 20.400000%);">almost-total rebuild of the District&#39;s facilities. State funding has been,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 16.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(18.000000%, 18.000000%, 20.400000%);">and&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 15.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(18.000000%, 18.000000%, 20.400000%);">continues to be,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 16.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(18.000000%, 18.000000%, 20.400000%);">an&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 15.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(18.000000%, 18.000000%, 20.400000%);">essential ingredient. The Court applauds this ongoing partnership. Report, Doc.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 14.000000pt; font-family: 'Helvetica'; font-style: oblique; color: rgb(18.000000%, 18.000000%, 20.400000%);">5797,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 15.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(18.000000%, 18.000000%, 20.400000%);">approved.&nbsp;</span></p></div>

MOU for Lyon College, UAMS collaboration

<p>Lyon College and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences have announced a partnership for the planned dental school in Little Rock. Under the agreement, Lyon College and UAMS said the schools will &quot;identify opportunities for joint teaching, research, graduate education and professional development.&quot;</p>

Supreme Court Justice Jackson's first opinion

<div title="Page 53"><p><span style="font-size: 11.000000pt; font-family: 'CenturySchoolbook';">The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11.000000pt; font-family: 'CenturySchoolbook';">J</span><span style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family: 'CenturySchoolbook';">USTICE&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 11.000000pt; font-family: 'CenturySchoolbook';">J</span><span style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family: 'CenturySchoolbook';">ACKSON</span><span style="font-size: 11.000000pt; font-family: 'CenturySchoolbook';">, with whom J</span><span style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family: 'CenturySchoolbook';">USTICE&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 11.000000pt; font-family: 'CenturySchoolbook';">S</span><span style="font-size: 9.000000pt; font-family: 'CenturySchoolbook';">OTOMAYOR&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 11.000000pt; font-family: 'CenturySchoolbook';">joins, dissenting from the denial of certiorari.&nbsp;</span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 11.000000pt; font-family: 'CenturySchoolbook';">This is a capital case involving a violation of&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 11.000000pt; font-family: 'CenturySchoolbook'; font-style: italic;">Brady&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 11.000000pt; font-family: 'CenturySchoolbook';">v.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 11.000000pt; font-family: 'CenturySchoolbook'; font-style: italic;">Maryland</span><span style="font-size: 11.000000pt; font-family: 'CenturySchoolbook';">, 373 U. S. 83 (1963). There is no dispute that, during the capital trial of petitioner Davel Chinn, the State suppressed exculpatory evidence indicating that the State&rsquo;s key witness, Marvin Washington, had an intellectual disa- bility that may have affected Washington&rsquo;s ability to re- member, perceive fact from fiction, and testify accurately.&nbsp;</span></p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

Trump lawyers emails on Clarence Thomas

<p>Lawyers who aided former President Donald Trump&rsquo;s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election regarded an appeal to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as &ldquo;key&rdquo; to their chances of success, according to emails provided to congressional investigators and made public Wednesday, November 2, 2022. The email exchange from December 31, 2020, shows the lawyers discussing ways to delay the certification of results in Georgia. One lawyer, Kenneth Chesebro, suggested that an appeal to Thomas, as the justice who handles emergency appeals from Georgia, could &ldquo;end up being the key here.&rdquo; &ldquo;We want to frame things so that Thomas could be the one to issue some sort of stay or other circuit justice opinion saying Georgia is in legitimate doubt,&rdquo; Chesebro wrote. &ldquo;Realistically, our only chance to get a favorable judicial opinion by Jan. 6, which might hold up the Georgia count in Congress, is from Thomas.&rdquo; Another lawyer, John Eastman, responded that he was in agreement, saying that if Thomas were to act, &ldquo;that may be enough to kick the Georgia Legislature into gear because I&rsquo;ve been getting a lot of calls from them indicating they&rsquo;re leaning that way.&rdquo;</p>

Little Rock motion involving Think Rubix

<p>After blogger and attorney Matthew Campbell filed Freedom of Information Act suits for records involving the failed LITFest festival in Little Rock, attorneys for the city asked a judge to include public-relations firm Think Rubix as a third-party defendant, arguing that they had relevant information on two of Campbell&#39;s requests: &quot;a. Request six (6): &ldquo;The Ashanti Request&rdquo; &ndash; &ldquo;an electronic copy of any contract, agreement, or similar record regarding Ashanti&rsquo;s upcoming performance at the Robinson Center.&rdquo;&quot; and &quot;Request nine (9): &ldquo;The Nonprofits Request&rdquo; &ndash; &ldquo;any communications about sponsors/sponsorships, potential sponsors/sponsorships, contracts with artists, contracts with companies that represent artists, contracts with venues, or communications about making or receiving any payments/donations that have anything to do with LITfest.&rdquo;&quot;</p>

Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley's letter to Little Rock City Attorney Tom Carpenter

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley&#39;s letter to Little Rock City Attorney Tom Carpenter</span> </p>

Campaign finance reports from Little Rock's four mayoral candidates

<p>Campaign finance reports from Little Rock&#39;s four mayoral candidates</p>

School district funding projects approved

<p>More than $19 million in state funding will go to 36 public school districts to help with their warm, safe and dry campus repairs, the Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation Commission decided Monday. The 36 projects &mdash; including new roofs, security features and heating/air conditioning units &mdash; were approved months ago but not funded in the current 2021-2023 cycle of Academic Facilities Partnership Program money.</p>

2021-2023 Academic Facilities Partnership Program Projects

<p>Arkansas Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation&nbsp;</p><p>2021-2023 Academic Facilities Partnership Program Projects sorted by Project Ranking - Year 2 Funding</p>

Paul Pelosi case complaint, affidavit

<p>The criminal complaint and arrest warrant for David Wayne DePape, the man accused of breaking into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi&#39;s house and attacking her husband, Paul, reads in part: &quot;<span style="color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">DePape</span> stated that he was going to hold Nancy hostage and talk to her. If Nancy were to tell DEPAPE the &ldquo;truth,&rdquo; he would let her go, and if she &ldquo;lied,&rdquo; he was going to break &ldquo;her kneecaps.&rdquo; <span style="color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">DePape</span> was certain that Nancy would not have told the &ldquo;truth.&rdquo; In the course of the interview, <span style="color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">DePape</span> articulated he viewed Nancy as the &ldquo;leader of the pack&rdquo; of lies told by the Democratic Party. <span style="color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">DePape</span> also later explained that by breaking Nancy&rsquo;s kneecaps, she would then have to be wheeled into Congress, which would show other Members of Congress there were consequences to actions. <span style="color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">DePape</span> also explained generally that he wanted to use Nancy to lure another individual to <span style="color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">DePape.&quot;</span></p>

Scott Whiteley Carter resigns from Little Rock

<p>Scott Whiteley Carter, who served as the public affairs and creative economy adviser for the city of Little Rock, resigned from the city in an Oct. 17 resignation letter. He said he would join the staff of Missouri State University, adding, &quot;I have grown professionally and personally during my tenure at Little Rock City Hall. But I have always known I wanted to work someday at my alma mater. Now is that opportunity for me to return there.&rdquo;</p>

I-30 Westbound Weekend Closure

<p>I-30 Westbound Weekend Closure North Little Rock and Little Rock</p>

I-30 Eastbound Weekend Closure Little Rock

<p>I-30 Eastbound Weekend Closure Little Rock</p>

Attorney General's opinion on residential burglary parole law

<div title="Page 1">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<p><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">For&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">purpo</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(25.490000%, 25.490000%, 25.490000%);">s</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">es o f&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">parole&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">eligibility&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">under&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">Ark. Code&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">Ann.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">&sect;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">16-93-609, is&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">a&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">residential burglary committed before the&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">effective&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">date&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">of Act&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">[895]&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">o f&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">20 I 5 (April [&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; font-weight: 700; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">l&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">], 2015)&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">a&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">prior&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(25.490000%, 25.490000%, 25.490000%);">&#39;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">violent&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">felony&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">offense&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(25.490000%, 25.490000%, 25.490000%);">&#39;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">[</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">so&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">that] an offender with&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">a&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">current conviction&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">for a violent&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">felony&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">off</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(25.490000%, 25.490000%, 25.490000%);">e</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">nse [would be&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">required]&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">to&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">serve&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; font-weight: 700; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">l</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">00%&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">of&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">his or her&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">sentence?&nbsp;</span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; font-weight: 700; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">RESPONSE&nbsp;</span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">Yes</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(25.490000%, 25.490000%, 25.490000%);">,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">an offender previously convicted&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">of&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">r</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(25.490000%, 25.490000%, 25.490000%);">e</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">sidential&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">burglary&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">who committed an additional offense on or after&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">April 1</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(25.490000%, 25.490000%, 25.490000%);">,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">2015&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">i</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(25.490000%, 25.490000%, 25.490000%);">s&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">not&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(15.690000%, 15.690000%, 15.690000%);">eligible for&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.000000pt; font-family: 'Times'; color: rgb(7.840000%, 7.840000%, 7.840000%);">parole.&nbsp;</span></p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<p></p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

Issue 1

<p>Issue 1</p>

Issue 3

<p>Issue 3</p>

Issue 2

<p>Issue 2</p>

Issue 4

<p>Issue 4</p>

Arkansas Governor's Organizational Chart

<p>Arkansas Governor&#39;s Organizational Chart</p>

House Panel writes to Miss. governor about water crisis

<div title="Page 1">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<p><span style="font-size: 12.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">We are writing to express our continued concern about the recent water crisis in Jackson. Mississippi has received more than $10 billion in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, including $429 million that was specifically allotted to enhance the state&rsquo;s water infrastructure.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">We urge you to devote adequate funding to Jackson to ensure residents have access to safe and healthy drinking water and to avert a future water crisis.&nbsp;</span></p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

Documents detail Trump's Secret Service spending

<p>Partially redacted documents and spreadsheets detail former President Donald Trump&#39;s spending on the Secret Service, which the&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">House Oversight Committee called &quot;&#39;exorbitant.&quot;</span></p>

House panel writes to Secret Service about Trump's spending

<div title="Page 1">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<div title="Page 1">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<p><span style="font-size: 12.000000pt; font-family: 'TimesNewRomanPSMT';">For several years, the Committee has been investigating former President Donald Trump&rsquo;s attempts to personally profit off his presidency, including by charging the Secret Service exorbitant rates when protecting the President and members of his family at Trump Organization properties. Despite claims by the Trump Organization that federal employees traveling with the former President would stay at Trump properties &ldquo;for free&rdquo; or &ldquo;at cost,&rdquo; new information obtained by the Committee shows that the former President&rsquo;s company charged the Secret Service excessive nightly rates on dozens of trips. These rates were as high as $1,185 per room per night, more than five times the government rate. The exorbitant rates charged to the Secret Service and agents&rsquo; frequent stays at Trump-owned properties raise significant concerns about the former President&rsquo;s self-dealing and may have resulted in a taxpayer-funded windfall for former President Trump&rsquo;s struggling businesses.</span></p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div></div>

Citizens For A Better Little Rock opposes Frank Scott

<p>A political action committee of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee contributed $35,000 to an independent expenditure committee that has run negative ads against Mayor Frank Scott Jr. as he seeks a second term, according to a campaign finance report. The report filed Oct. 11 on behalf of the &ldquo;Citizens For A Better Little Rock&rdquo; committee covered contributions and expenditures for the period of October 20, 2021 through Oct. 4, 2022. The committee reported receiving $56,700 and spending roughly $39,731. Huckabee&rsquo;s committee, known as Huck PAC, was the main source of the money behind &ldquo;Citizens For A Better Little Rock&rdquo; during the reporting period.</p>

Trump response to House January 6 Committee

<p>In his 14-page response to the House select committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol, former President Donald Trump writes, &quot;THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 2020 WAS RIGGED AND STOLEN!&quot;. He adds, &quot;The double standard of the Unselects between what has taken place on the &ldquo;RIGHT,&rdquo; and what has taken place with Radical Left, lawless groups such as Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and others, is startling and will never be acceptable, even to those who will be writing the history of what you have done to America,&quot; and tells the committee members, &quot;you have not spent even a short moment on examining the massive Election Fraud that took place during the 2020 Presidential Election, and have targeted only those who were, as concerned American Citizens, protesting the Fraud itself.&quot; In addition, he contends, &quot;A Majority of people in our Country say that the Presidential Election of 2020 was determinatively dishonest, including the fact that many Legislatures were overridden by local and State politicians and judges on vital regulations and requirements, which is totally illegal and UNCONSTITUTIONAL.&quot;</p>

North Little Rock apartment fire lawsuit

<p>In a lawsuit filed over a fatal fire at Shorter College Gardens Apartments, the plaintiffs write, &quot;Unfortunately, Ms. Bell-Freeman&#39;s apartment at 800 N. Beech Street, North Little Rock, AR did not have functioning and/or adequate smoke detectors, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, or other fire abatement equipment. Unfortunately, no one addressed the tenants&#39; complaints about the smell of gas. As a result of the fire, Ms. Bell-Freeman and Ms. Childs perished along with another adult. Ms. Bell-Freeman and others were not removed from the fire and smoke-filled units until fire fighters arrived and extinguished the flames. Ms. Bell-Freeman and others were heard screaming while they died in the most horrific fashion imaginable. Upon information and belief, at the time of the fire, Shorter College Gardens had inadequate, improperly trained maintenance personnel and managers. Upon information and belief, Shorter College Gardens were required to have functioning smoke detectors if it were to receive funds from HUD&#39;s Section 8 program.&quot;</p>

2022 Arkansas School Safety report

<p>The Arkansas School Safety Commission&#39;s 2022 report, approved by Governor Asa Hutchinson and recommended to state lawmakers, includes a number of recommendations that Hutchinson has stressed are not requirements. They include: &quot;All school districts should implement a positive climate program that deters bullying behaviors, and promotes social-emotional learning and positive peer relationships.&quot; &quot;All school districts should establish a behavioral threat assessment team.&quot; &quot;A coordinated crisis response team should be developed to mitigate the emotional impact of any traumatic event that impacts a district.&quot; &quot;District campuses should have corresponding numbers on classroom interior and on exterior surfaces (wall, door, or window) easily identifiable to first responders so that they can reference position of students and/or intruders.&quot;</p>

Crapemyrtle Bark Scale: A New Insect Pest

<p>Crapemyrtle Bark Scale: A New Insect Pest</p>

Arkansas Geographic Teacher Shortage Area List 22-23

<p>Arkansas Geographic Teacher Shortage Area List for 2022-23</p>

Biden-Harris national security strategy 2022

<p>The Biden-Harris national security strategy releases in October 2022 includes a section, &quot;Out-Competing China and Constraining Russia,&quot; calling the People&#39;s Republic of China &quot;the only competitor with both the intent to reshape the international order and, increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to do it.&quot; The document also says that &quot;The United States, under successive administrations, made considerable efforts at multiple points to reach out to Russia to limit our rivalry and identify pragmatic areas of cooperation,&quot; and argues that &quot;President Putin spurned these efforts and it is now clear he will not change. Russia now poses an immediate and persistent threat to international peace and stability. This is not about a struggle between the West and Russia. It is about the fundamental principles of the UN Charter.&quot;</p>

Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore ends LITFest contract with Think Rubix

<p>A memo sent by Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore to Tristan Wilkerson, managing principal of Think Rubix, reads, &quot;The contract executed by the City of Little Rock on June 9, 2022, with Think Rubix, LLC for event promotion is terminated effective immediately. The fifteen (15) day termination notice provision is hereby voided due to violations of said contract.&quot;</p>

Report of the Independent Investigation to the U.S. Soccer Federation Concerning Allegations of Abusive Behavior and Sexual Misconduct in Women’s Professional Soccer

<p>Report of the Independent Investigation to the U.S. Soccer Federation Concerning Allegations of Abusive Behavior and Sexual Misconduct in Women&rsquo;s Professional Soccer</p>

Texas judge cleared to open court with prayer

<p>A deeply divided federal appeals court ruled that a Texas judge may start the day with prayer, overturning a district court decision. Judges on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans split 2-1 in opinions handed down September 29, 2022, reversing a ruling made without a trial by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt: &quot;The plaintiffs cry coercion because Texas Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack opens his court with a ceremony that includes a prayer. But Mack also takes great pains to convince attendees that they need not watch the ceremony &mdash; and that doing so will not affect their cases. Some attendees say they feel subjective pressure anyway. Yet the plaintiffs have no evidence suggesting that &ldquo;coercion is a real and substantial likelihood.&rdquo; Want of evidence showing coercion dooms their case. In holding otherwise, the district court disregarded the Supreme Court&rsquo;s most recent guidance. So we reverse and render judgment for Mack.&quot;</p>

Samantha Wilson accuses LR city attorney of slur

<p>A letter sent to the Little Rock Board of Directors reads, &quot;My name is Samantha Wilson, and I am the target of City Attorney Tom Carpenter&rsquo;s attacks. I am a black woman, a native of Little Rock, and the FOIA Coordinator who Mr. Carpenter was having a conversation with when he used the word &ldquo;n*****&rdquo; on September 26, 2022. Prior to this event, I have never had an issue with Mr. Carpenter. Our limited interactions have always been cordial. This made his use of &ldquo;n*****&rdquo; during our conversation even more shocking. I never expected it. I never saw it coming.&quot;</p>

Elijah McClain amended autopsy report

<p>In an amended autopsy report for Elijah McClain, who died Aug. 30, 2019, at age 23 after a violent police encounter in Colorado, officials conclude that he died because he was injected with a powerful sedative after being forcibly restrained. The original autopsy report from 2019 did not reach a conclusion about his cause of death, and that was a key reason that prosecutors originally decided not to pursue charges against the police officers involved. However, a Colorado grand jury in 2021 indicted three officers and two paramedics on manslaughter and reckless homicide charges in the case.</p>

Bigo Barnett motion to dismiss 9-23-2022

<p>In a motion to dismiss the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot case against Richard &quot;Bigo&quot; Barnett, his lawyer writes, &quot;Mr. Barnett has never run from the fact that he ended up inside the Capitol. He has never denied the fact that he wound up in the office suite belonging to the Speaker of the House and put his feet up on a desk. He has never denied the fact that he removed an envelope from that office because he bled on it. Mr. Barnett&rsquo;s position is simple, he showed up to the Capitol to protest. The protest began outside and then proceeded inside. Everything he did inside was grounded in political protest: the feet on the desk; the flag in his hand; the irritation in his voice; the note he left. It was all protest, protest, protest.&quot; The motion argues that President Joe Biden has prejudiced the country against MAGA Republicans: &quot;President Biden&rsquo;s attack on Mr. Barnett&rsquo;s political affiliation is unprecedented. The fact, however, that the group of people targeted by President Biden is also the group being prosecuted by his Attorney General, is unconscionable. Never in the history of this great country has a sitting President publicly accused members of the opposition political party of treason and/or classified them as extremists for their constitutionally protected beliefs. Never has a sitting President scapegoated and subsequentially encouraged his government to relentlessly round-up and every single person who dared to protest his certification. Never has a President encouraged his citizens to act against his political enemies in the way Joe Biden did during his September 21, 2022, prime-time address to the nation. Nor is there any case law to reference for when the top U.S. law enforcement official declares untried defendants guilty of insurrection and for being extremist threats to the nation.&quot;</p>

Blue Hog open-records complaint Little Rock

<p>The attorney and blogger behind the &ldquo;Blue Hog Report&rdquo; filed an open-records complaint against the city of Little Rock in Pulaski County Circuit Court on Thursday, September 22, 2022. Matthew Campbell submitted three Arkansas Freedom of Information Act requests to the city between Sept. 8 and Sept. 16 that have not been fulfilled, according to the complaint.</p>

Arkansas Supreme Court ruling on recreational marijuana ballot initiative

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: arial; font-size: 14.6667px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">The Arkansas Supreme Court overturned the decision made by the State Board of Election Commissioners paving the way for legal recreational marijuana to be included on the November general election ballot.</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: arial; font-size: 14.6667px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;</span></p>

65 Project ethics complaint against Leslie Rutledge

<p>In a letter to the Committee on Professional Conduct, The 65 Project writes to request a review of &quot;the actions taken by Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, a member of the Arkansas Bar, relating to a concerted effort to overturn the legitimate 2020 presidential election results. Although many attorneys participated in this scheme, Ms. Rutledge played an important role &ndash; lending the legal profession&rsquo;s credibility to the destructive cause and using public office to amplify false assertions and frivolous claims that lacked any basis in law or fact. Specifically, Ms. Rutledge joined with other attorneys general and submitted a brief in support of the State of Texas&rsquo;s Bill of Complaint in Texas v. Pennsylvania before the United States Supreme Court. The importance of so many attorneys general providing their support for the bogus effort cannot be overstated.&quot;</p>

N.Y. v. Trump

<p>Lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James against former President Donald Trump, three of his adult children and several of his business and business associates.&nbsp;</p>

City manager's memo on proposed property purchase.

<p>City manager&#39;s memo on proposed property purchase.</p>

Letter on Pine Bluff High threats

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">An open letter the Pine Bluff High School interim principal posted on social media Sunday evening.</span></span></p>

Larry Jegley letter on Terrance Caffey

<p>Larry Jegley writes that the death of Terrance Caffey was concluded to be related to &quot;sickle cell trait-related sickling crisis during exertion, struggle and restraint,&quot; and that Caffey&#39;s death does not rise to the level of criminal negligence.</p>

House bill on Census interference

<p>The U.S. House on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, passed legislation intended to make it harder for future presidents to interfere with the once-a-decade census that determines political power and federal funding, a move that comes in response to the Trump administration&rsquo;s failed effort to make a citizenship question part of the 2020 headcount. The legislation was approved 220-208 with only Democratic lawmakers voting for it. The bill requires the Commerce secretary to certify to Congress that any new question sought on a future census be adequately studied and tested, and that the Government Accountability Office conduct a review of the certification.</p>

Conway School Board agenda

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Trump Mar-a-Lago affidavit unsealed

<p>Newly visible portions of the FBI agent&rsquo;s affidavit in the Donald Trump documents case show that the FBI on June 24 subpoenaed for the footage after a visit weeks earlier to Mar-a-Lago in which agents observed 50 to 55 boxes of records in the storage room at the property. The Trump Organization provided a hard drive on July 6 in response to the subpoena, the affidavit says.</p>

2022 NWA Skyline Highlights

<p>2022 NWA Skyline Highlights</p>

Judge ruling in Trump v Clinton lawsuit

<p>Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks, in a September 2022 ruling, tosses out the Trump v Clinton lawsuit, which he says alleges that &ldquo;the Defendants, blinded by political ambition, orchestrated a malicious conspiracy to disseminate patently false and injurious information about Donald J. Trump and his campaign, all in the hopes of destroying his life, his political career and rigging the 2016 Presidential Election in favor of Hillary Clinton.&rdquo; Middlebrooks questions the validity of the lawsuit, saying, &quot;What the Amended Complaint lacks in substance and legal support it seeks to substitute with length, hyperbole, and the settling of scores and grievances,&quot; adding that Trump was not required to annotate his complaint, &quot;but if a party chooses to include such references, it is expected that they be presented in good faith and with evidentiary support. Unfortunately, that is not the case here.&quot;</p>

Arkansas Ethics Committee on Senator Alan Clark

<p>The Senate Ethics Committee reports on its conclusion that not only did Sen. Stephanie Flowers not commit an ethics violation when she was paid travel expenses for meetings she attended via teleconference, but that when Sen. Alan Clark filed a petition claiming that Flowers had committed a violation, his filing was &quot;spurious, frivolous and retaliatory.&quot;</p>

UALR Resolutions September 2022

<p>Among projects requested by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock: Renaming the competition floor of the Jack Stephens Center to Joe Foley Court, and a revised library plaza and Trojan Way Promenade Project (a west entrance and an alumni patio).</p>

King Charles speaks on queen's death

<p>King Charles&#39; statement on the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II</p>

Steve Bannon 9-8-22 indictment

<p>Steve Bannon indicted</p>

Mckay v State of Arkansas 2022

<p>The Arkansas Court of Appeals writes, &quot;On February 3, 2020, the State filed petitions to revoke Aaron McKay&rsquo;s suspended impositions of sentence (SIS) in five cases. The 2010 conviction was for sexual indecency with a child. The other four cases were for failure to comply with reporting requirements under the Sex Offender Registration Act, codified at Arkansas Code Annotated section 12- 12-904 (Supp. 2021). A hearing was held on the State&rsquo;s petition, and the court revoked the suspended sentences in two of the failure-to-comply cases. McKay is serving two eight-year sentences, to run consecutively, for a total of sixteen years&rsquo; incarceration. McKay now appeals and argues that the evidence was not sufficient to support the circuit court&rsquo;s finding that he violated a condition of his SIS contract. We reverse and remand.&quot;</p>

Cody Hiland resigns Public Safety Department

<p>In a letter dated September 1, 2022, Cody Hiland resigns as the chief legal counsel of the Arkansas Department of Public Safety to take a post with Sarah Huckabee Sanders&#39; gubernatorial campaign.</p>

Responsible Growth Arkansas brief

<p>Responsible Growth Arkansas brief</p>

January 6th panel's letter to Newt Gingrich

<p>Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the House January 6th Committee, writes to ask <span style="color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to&nbsp;</span>appear for a voluntary interview during the week of Sept. 19, saying, &quot;The committee has obtained information indicating that you have knowledge about former President Donald J. Trump&rsquo;s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, and we write to seek your voluntary cooperation.&quot;</p>

4 candidates UA chancellor's post 2022

<p>Jay T. Akridge, Daniel A. Reed, Charles Robinson and Cynthia Y. Young submit their cover letters and resumes to be considered for the next chancellor of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.</p>

U.N. assessment of China, Uyghur human rights

<p>In late 2017, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) began receiving increasing allegations by various civil society groups that members of the Uyghur and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minority communities were missing or had disappeared in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People&rsquo;s Republic of China (hereafter &ldquo;XUAR&rdquo; and &ldquo;China&rdquo;). </p>

Letter from Little Rock city attorney to local prosecuting attorney.

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: pre-wrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Letter from Little Rock city attorney to local prosecuting attorney.</span> </p>

Little Rock short-term rentals draft ordinance

A proposed 2022 Little Rock ordinance on short-term rentals of homes would change existing text to read, "There is hereby levied a tax of four (4) percent upon the gross receipts or gross proceeds derived and received from the renting, leasing or otherwise furnishing of hotel, motel, house, cabin, bed and breakfast, short term rental, campground, condominium, or apartment accommodations, or other similar rental accommodations for sleeping, meeting, or party or banquet use for profit in the city, provided that such levy shall not apply to the rental or leasing of such accommodations for a period of thirty (30) days or more."

Larry Jegley FOIA letter Little Rock

Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley of the 6th Judicial District in a letter Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022 requested that Little Rock city officials “fully comply” with unresolved Arkansas Freedom of Information Act requests submitted by a Conway man who accused Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. of violateingthe open-records law and of “lavishly” spending taxpayer money. Jimmie Cavin filed two FOIA requests on July 22, “neither of which were responded to completely or within the time frame required by statute," Jegley's letter says.

FBI affidavit

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8th Circuit ruling on transgender care ban

In its ruling on a 2021 Arkansas law outlawing gender-affirming medical care for transgender children, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals writes, "The statute defines “biological sex” as the person’s sex “at birth, without regard to an individual’s psychological, chosen, or subjective experience of gender.” Thus, under the Act, medical procedures that are permitted for a minor of one sex are prohibited for a minor of another sex. A minor born as a male may be prescribed testosterone or have breast tissue surgically removed, for example, but a minor born as a female is not permitted to seek the same medical treatment. Because the minor’s sex at birth determines whether or not the minor can receive certain types of medical care under the law, Act 626 discriminates on the basis of sex. Arkansas’s characterization of the Act as creating a distinction on the basis of medical procedure rather than sex is unpersuasive. Arkansas argues that administering testosterone to a male should be considered a different procedure than administering it to a female because the “procedure allows a boy to develop normally” whereas for a girl it has the effect of “disrupting normal development.” But this conflates the classifications drawn by the law with the state’s justification for it. The biological sex of the minor patient is the basis on which the law distinguishes between those who may receive certain types of medical care and those who may not. The Act is therefore subject to heightened scrutiny."

Steve Landers Sr.'s statement of financial interest for 2021

Steve Landers Sr.'s statement of financial interest for 2021.

Methodist letter

Bishop Gary Mueller's letter to Methodists

Pulaski County Special School District Mills campus plan

"On May 6, 2021, the Court ordered PCSSD to develop a proposal for facilities work to be done at Mills University Studies High School to “comply … and square up” the inequity between Mills University Studies High School and Robinson Middle School (the “Mills-Robinson Inequity”). Doc. 5730, p. 30. PCSSD submitted a proposal to the Court (the “Proposal”), Doc. 5736, and the Court issued a general approval of the Proposal. Doc. 5776. However, the Court ordered PCSSD to “refine its proposal into a firm plan” and the Court ordered PCSSD to “file the plan by 1 July 2022.” Doc. 5776, p. 3. The Court later extended that deadline to 15 August 2022. Doc. 5794. As ordered, PCSSD hereby submits this facilities plan (the “Plan”)."

NLRSD Testing Data Overview 2022, updated

The PowerPoint presentation for the North Little Rock School District and the ACT Assessment includes this slide: "At the elementary level, our students are entering school slightly behind national norms. Three schools at the elementary level are outliers (Crestwood, Lakewood, Indian Hills). The majority of students are not making adequate yearly growth (increased learning achievement) as indicated by all assessments (NWEA, The ACT, and ACT Aspire). Despite not growing in accordance with the national norms, we are seeing GROWTH. ACT Aspire Data shows that NLRSD students are beginning to recover from the pandemic learning loss (10/13 schools showed growth in three out of the four tested areas). There are disparities in student achievement when looking at race/ ethnicity and subgroups such as Special Ed. ELL, Section 504, and Economically Disadvantaged. Elementary performance impacts Middle and High School Data however, the disparities in achievement between student populations is maintained during the secondary years. Understanding the district’s historical data is essential to transforming the system."

NLRSD Testing Data Overview 2022

The PowerPoint presentation for the North Little Rock School District and the ACT Assessment includes this slide: "At the elementary level, our students are entering school slightly behind national norms. Three schools at the elementary level are outliers (Crestwood, Lakewood, Indian Hills). The majority of students are not making adequate yearly growth (increased learning achievement) as indicated by all assessments (NWEA, The ACT, and ACT Aspire). Despite not growing in accordance with the national norms, we are seeing GROWTH. ACT Aspire Data shows that NLRSD students are beginning to recover from the pandemic learning loss (10/13 schools showed growth in three out of the four tested areas). There are disparities in student achievement when looking at race/ ethnicity and subgroups such as Special Ed. ELL, Section 504, and Economically Disadvantaged. Elementary performance impacts Middle and High School Data however, the disparities in achievement between student populations is maintained during the secondary years. Understanding the district’s historical data is essential to transforming the system."

Rapert, atheists setlle social media case

State Senator Jason Rapert agrees to a settlement with American Atheists Inc., who had sued on behalf of four plaintiffs who had been blocked from Rapert's Facebook and Twitter accounts.

State lawsuit against Big Country Chateau apartments

In a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Leslie Rutledge against Big Country Chateau LLC, the state accuses the Little Rock apartment complex owners of "knowingly renting properties that have code violations affecting the health and safety of a resident prior to clearing the code violation with the proper authority," saying that it violates Little Rock Housing Code, and also accuses the defendants of accepting "payments from tenants with the understanding that such monies would be used to pay the complex’s utility bills; however, Defendants failed to pay the water and electric bills for the apartment complex, taking the tenants’ money and leaving them at risk of losing utilities necessary for a habitable residence."

CALS Six Bridges 2022 author lineup

The Central Arkansas Library System's Six Bridges Book Festival has released its 2022 author list, including Geoff Dyer, Claudia Gray, Xochitl Gonzalez, Janis Kearney, John A. Kirk and filmmaker John Waters.

Copy of the 8th Circuit Court of appeals filing

Copy of the 8th Circuit Court of appeals filing

Police incident report related to Landers' misplaced gun

Police incident report related to Landers' misplaced gun.

2022 Safety Report

The 2022 Arkansas School Safety Commission releases its interim report, noting that it's been tasked with the following duties: "1) Review the Commission’s Final Report published in November 2018; 2) Provide an update on the status of school safety across Arkansas; 3) Update the analysis of the safety of K-12 schools throughout the state taking into consideration the physical and mental health of students; 4) Determine which findings and recommendations from the previous report have not been remediated and achieved; 5) Identify any new recommendations of best practices in school safety that have been developed since the Commission’s final report in November 2018; 6) Submit an initial report and recommendations to The Governor on August 1, 2022 and 7) Submit the final report of the Commission’s findings and recommendations to the Governor no later than October 1, 2022."

LRPD release on shootings 8-14-2022

In a statement on August 14, 2022, the Little Rock Police Department detail a series of 11 shootings, including three killings, between Saturday afternoon, Aug. 13, and late Sunday afternoon, Aug. 14, in the Little Rock area. The shootings were under investigation by Little Rock police, the Pulaski County sheriff's office and Arkansas State Police.

Obama Foundation, NARA document agreement

In a Memorandum of Understanding between the Barack Obama Foundation and the National Archives and Records Administration, the two sides agree on the digitization of Obama's presidential records. The agreement specifies the requirements for digitizing and preserving Obama's non-classified presidential documents in a searchable version.

Obama letter of intent on digitizing documents

Robbin Cohen, executive director of the Barack Obama Foundation, writes to the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration in 2018 to affirm plans to digitize all of Obama's nonclassified material, establishing that while millions of documents would be transferred to a site in Obama's home state of Illinois, that site would remain under the control of NARA.

Mar-a-Lago search documents

Court papers released Friday after a federal judge unsealed the warrant that authorized the The FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, as well as a receipt of property seized during the search.

Connect Conway trails proposal 2022

From the application: "The Connect Conway Project aims to build a safe, connected, and accessible transportation system by reducing transportation and economic barriers through bike and pedestrian infrastructure for those living and working in Historically Disadvantaged areas of the city. The primary route includes approximately 15.2 miles of developed and upgraded pedestrian and bike infrastructure that connects to ten city parks, seven schools, three major retail areas, three universities and colleges, fourteen major employment centers, sixteen neighborhoods, and other vital community services."

California water supply strategy 2022

A water strategy for California introduced Aug. 11, 2022 by Gov. Gavin Newsom calls on the state to create water storage space, recycle water before it's dumped into the ocean, stress water efficiency, capture stormwater and desalinate ocean water.

2022 SB2 Arkansas school-safety funding

From the August 2022 special session: AN ACT TO MAKE AN APPROPRIATION FOR SCHOOL SAFETY GRANTS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, AND TO TRANSFER SURPLUS FUNDS TO CREATE A HOLDING ACCOUNT FOR THE SCHOOL SAFETY SET-ASIDE OR CONTINGENCY VOTE 3/5 SET-ASIDE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2023; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Subtitle: AN ACT FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION - SCHOOL SAFETY GRANTS APPROPRIATION AND SCHOOL SAFETY SET-ASIDE OR CONTINGENCY VOTE 3/5 SET-ASIDE FOR THE 2022-2023 FISCAL YEAR.

2022 SB1 Arkansas tax cuts

From the August 2022 special session: AN ACT TO REDUCE ARKANSAS INCOME TAXES; TO ACCELERATE FUTURE REDUCTIONS IN ARKANSAS INCOME TAXES; TO ADOPT FEDERAL LAW REGARDING DEPRECIATION AND EXPENSING OF PROPERTY; TO CREATE AN INFLATIONARY RELIEF INCOME-TAX CREDIT FOR CERTAIN TAXPAYERS; TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Subtitle: TO REDUCE ARKANSAS INCOME TAXES; TO ADOPT FEDERAL LAW ON DEPRECIATION AND EXPENSING OF PROPERTY; TO CREATE AN INCOME-TAX CREDIT FOR CERTAIN TAXPAYERS; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.

Senate Bill 2 - School Safety

Senate Bill 2 - School Safety

Arkansas Supreme Court ruling on Bourne

Arkansas Supreme Court ruling on Bourne

Senate Bill 1 - Tax Cuts

Senate Bill 1 - Tax Cuts

Arkansas sales-tax holiday items 2022

A list of items affected by Arkansas' back-to-school holiday for the state sales tax includes clothing of less than $100 per item; clothing Accessories or equipment of less than $50 per item, including briefcases, cosmetics, wallets and watches; electronic devices, including computers (laptop or desktop), computer accessories (a mouse, a monitor or keyboard), cellphones and smartphones; school supplies and art supplies. Items such as sewing equipment, protective equipment or sporting equipment remain taxable.

Recreational marijuana petition 2022

The proposed Arkansas constitutional amendment to allow recreational marijuana, which was rejected by the state Board of Election Commissioners on August 3, 2022.

Crypto-Bitcoin bill 2022

The summary of a bill co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas, the Digital Commodities Consumer Protection Act of 2022, specifies that it "Grants the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“Commission”) exclusive jurisdiction over digital commodity trades, except for transactions in which a merchant or consumer is using a digital commodity solely for the purchase or sale of a good or service. Prohibits fraud with respect to any digital commodity trade." The bill is designed to regulate cryptocurrency.

Pope County Casino Repeal Amendment 2022

The proposed Arkansas constitutional amendment looking to remove Pope County as a destination for the fourth casino permitted under Amendment 100. The proposal's ballot title was rejected by the state Board of Election Commissioners in August 2022.

Copy of the interim school safety report

Copy of the interim school safety report

Ionov indictment Russia propaganda

The unsealed indictment against Alexsandr Viktorovich Ionov alleges that he was paying American individuals and groups to publish pro-Russian propaganda without disclosing his intentions to the United States.

West Virginia abortion bill 2022

A bill in the West Virginia Legislature "finds that the State of West Virginia has a legitimate interest to prohibit abortion. As provided in §6-57 of the WV Constitution, “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.” It states, "An abortion may not be performed or induced or be attempted to be performed or induced unless in the reasonable medical judgment of a licensed medical professional: (A) there exists a nonmedically viable fetus; (B) there exists an ectopic pregnancy; or (C) there exists a medical emergency. In addition to the exceptions provided in §16-2R-3(A)-(C), an abortion may be performed by a licensed medical professional when: (1) the patient is a victim of sexual assault or incest; (2) a report is made to a qualified law enforcement officer; (3) the licensed medical professional determines that probable gestational age of fetus has not exceed 14 weeks; and (4) the licensed medical professional complies with the provisions of §16-2R-5."

Atheists v Rapert order on documents

Judge Kristine Baker rules in favor of American Atheists Inc. in their request for documents in their lawsuit against state Sen. Jason Rapert: "Rapert objects to supplementing his response to this interrogatory for the same reasons previously outlined ... calling the request “overly broad,” “unduly burdensome,” and “disproportionate to the needs of the case” (Id.). Rapert also argues that he maintains “no record of accounts which were considered for restriction” Concerning Rapert’s repetitive boilerplate objections to many of the discovery requests at issue in plaintiffs’ motion to compel, they are not sufficient."

O'Connor letter on Biden's health

In an update on July 24, 2022, the White House physician to President Joe Biden recaps his covid progress. Kevin C. O'Connor says Biden has been taking Paxlovid and tolerates his treatment well.

Michigan sheriff sues over 2020 election probe

Dar Leaf, the sheriff of Barry County, Michigan, files suit in mid-2022 against Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and the Michigan State Police, saying they have interrupted his almost two-year probe into allegations of election fraud in his county: "This lawsuit represents a flagrant violation of these aforementioned constitutional and statutory laws on the part of the Defendants, acting in concert and jointly, who have taken it upon themselves to obstruct justice, interfere with the and ultimately usurp the powers and duties of the County Sheriff, and to obstruct, impede, taint, prejudice, stop, and/or adulterate an ongoing criminal investigation into allegations of criminal acts related to elections and voting."

Supreme Court order on Biden immigration

In United States, et al. v. Texas, et al., the Supreme Court writes, "The application for stay presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is denied. The Solicitor General suggested that the Court may want to construe the application as a petition for certiorari before judgment. Doing so, the petition is granted. The parties are directed to brief and argue the following questions: 1. Whether the state plaintiffs have Article III standing to challenge the Department of Homeland Security’s Guidelines for the Enforcement of Civil Immigration Law; 2. Whether the Guidelines are contrary to 8 U.S.C. §1226(c) or 8 U.S.C. §1231(a), or otherwise violate the Administrative Procedure Act; and 3. Whether 8 U.S.C. §1252(f)(1) prevents the entry of an order to “hold unlawful and set aside” the Guidelines under 5 U.S.C. §706(2). The case will be set for argument in the first week of the December 2022 argument session. Justice Sotomayor, Justice Kagan, Justice Barrett, and Justice Jackson would grant the application for stay."

Jami Cook resignation letter

Jami Cook, the secretary of the Arkansas Department of Public Safety and the director of the Division on Law Enforcement Standards and Training, announces her resignation for health reasons in a July 2022 letter to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, citing health concerns and doctors' advice to "slow down."

Georgia 2020 elector certificates, real and false

A combination of electoral certificates shows Georgia's presidential electors certifying the state's 16 electoral votes for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, while a false slate of electors presents the state's 16 electoral votes for Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

Notice to appear for Rudy Giuliani

"COMES NOW the State of Georgia, by and through Fani T. Willis, District Attorney, Atlanta Judicial Circuit, Fulton County, Georgia, and gives notice to this Honorable Court that an order to appear and testify before the Fulton County Special Purpose Grand Jury pertaining to witness Rudolph William Louis Giuliani has been entered."

Census citizenship question memo

In a memo to the members of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform on the investigation into the census citizenship question, Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney writes, "When the Supreme Court struck down the Trump Administration’s illegal attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, Chief Justice John Roberts observed that the Trump Administration’s stated rationale for including the citizenship question — to help enforce the Voting Rights Act (VRA) — “seems to have been contrived.” Today, the Committee is releasing documents showing Chief Justice Roberts was right. These documents also reveal that even as the Trump Administration was developing this contrived rationale, top Administration officials were secretly exploring what appears to have been their true reason for adding the citizenship question: to exclude non-citizens from congressional apportionment counts, contrary to the clear language of the Constitution." Maloney argues that "Contrary to Secretary Ross’s Testimony to Congress, Congressional Apportionment Was Central to His Efforts to Add a Citizenship Question; The Initial Draft of the Legal Memo Warned that Using a Citizenship Question for Apportionment Would Likely Violate the Constitution; Commerce Officials Downplayed Legal Concerns and Altered the Memo to Suggest the Citizenship Question Could be Used for Apportionment; Secretary Ross Secretly Steered DOJ Towards the Pretextual Rationale."

Draft city report on Central High School Neighborhood Historic District.

Draft city report on Central High School Neighborhood Historic District.

Order suspending Robert Newcomb's law license.

Order suspending Robert Newcomb's law license.

Uvalde Robb shooting report by Texas House panel

An interim report on the Robb Elementary School mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, by the Texas House of Representatives' investigative committee states, in part, "Other than the attacker, the Committee did not find any “villains” in the course of its investigation. ... Instead, we found systemic failures and egregious poor decision making." The report blames the school itself, saying it did not adequately prepare for the risk of an armed intruder on campus, citing its 5-foot security fence and tendency to prop open doors. But it also finds fault among the responders: "Despite the immediate presence of local law enforcement leaders, there was an unacceptably long period of time before officers breached the classroom, neutralized the attacker, and began rescue efforts. ... The chief of police was one of the first responders on the scene. But as events unfolded, he failed to perform or to transfer to another person the role of incident commander. This was an essential duty he had assigned to himself ... yet it was not effectively performed by anyone. The void of leadership could have contributed to the loss of life as injured victims waited over an hour for help, and the attacker continued to sporadically fire his weapon."

Cease and Desist to Indiana Attorney General

The law firm DeLaney & DeLaney, representing Dr. Caitlin Bernard in the case of a 10-year-old girl who crossed state lines to get an abortion, writes to Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita: "Please immediately cease and desist making any false or misleading statements about Dr. Bernard. Your false and defamatory statements to Fox News on July 13, 2022, cast Dr. Bernard in a false light and allege misconduct in her profession. Even after the release of the TPR through public record requests, confirming that Dr. Bernard fully complied with all applicable reporting laws, your subsequent statements to local and national news sources on July 14, 2022, further cast Dr. Bernard in a false light and mislead consumers and patients. We are especially concerned that, given the controversial political context of the statements, such inflammatory accusations have the potential to incite harassment or violence from the public which could prevent Dr. Bernard, an Indiana licensed physician, from providing care to her patents safely."

Keith Humphrey's Dec. 31, 2021 shooting called justified

In a letter to Col. Bill Bryant of the Arkansas State Police, Larry Jegley, the 6th Judicial District prosecuting attorney, says that then-Little Rock Police Chief Keith Humphrey was justified when he fired his gun at Taz Hayes on Dec. 31, 2021,

Texas AG Paxton sues Biden admin over abortion

In State of Texas v. Xavier Becerra et al., Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton challenges the White House move to ensure access to abortion in certain emergency situations. The suit says, in part, "The Biden Administration’s response to Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Org., 142 S. Ct. 2228 (2022), which ended the terrible regime of Roe v. Wade, is to attempt to use federal law to transform every emergency room in the country into a walk-in abortion clinic. President Biden is flagrantly disregarding the legislative and democratic process—and flouting the Supreme Court’s ruling before the ink is dry — by having his appointed bureaucrats mandate that hospitals and emergency medicine physicians must perform abortions. But Defendants’ Abortion Mandate forces hospitals and doctors to commit crimes and risk their licensure under Texas law."

Lindsey Graham motion to quash subpoena

Attorneys for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham have moved to quash a subpoena for him to appear before a grand jury, saying he wasn’t seeking to interfere in Georgia’s 2020 election when he called state officials to ask them to reexamine certain absentee ballots after President Donald Trump’s narrow loss to Democrat Joe Biden: "The Speech or Debate Clause of the United States Constitution protects Senator Graham from being “questioned in any other Place.” The Clause provides Senator Graham both an immunity and privilege in this context because the testimony sought relates to matters within the legislative sphere. Sovereign immunity also precludes state court process against Senator Graham given the acts occurred within his official capacity. Moreover, the District Attorney cannot establish extraordinary circumstances to require his compelled testimony, interfering with Senator Graham’s official duties on behalf of the People of South Carolina."

Oregon initiative on gun permits

Oregon's 2022 Initiative Proposal 17 reads, in part, "2. The People of the State of Oregon find and declare that regulation of sale, purchase and otherwise transferring of all firearms and restriction of the manufacture, import, sale, purchase, transfer, use and possession of ammunition magazines to those that hold no more than 10 rounds will promote the public health and safety of the residents of this state and this Act shall be known as the Reduction of Gun Violence Act." The proposal also requires permits for sales at gun shows, and also has specific exemptions for some large-capacity magazines.

Helena-West Helena hearing notice

A notice to the Helena-West Helena School District from Arkansas Education Secretary Johnny Key warns it that it faces recommendation as a district in need of intensive support. The rules on that: "Under the Arkansas Educational Support and Accountability Act, the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education may recommend that the State Board of Education classify a school district as in need of Level 5 – Intensive support. A district may appeal this recommendation to the State Board. Following any classification, the State Board may take one or more of the actions set forth in Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-2916. If the State Board classifies a school district as in need of Level 5 – Intensive support, the Division will develop a district improvement/exit plan in collaboration with district leadership. The Division will provide quarterly reports to the State Board regarding the district’s progress toward meeting the exit criteria contained in the plan. Rules Governing AESAA, Section 8.10.1.2."

Abu Akleh family letter to President Biden

A letter sent to President Joe Biden reads: "We, the family of Shireen Abu Akleh, write to express our grief, outrage and sense of betrayal concerning your administration’s abject response to the extrajudicial killing of our sister and aunt by Israeli forces on May 11, 2022, while on assignment in the occupied Palestinian city of Jenin in the West Bank. Shireen was a prominent, beloved Palestinian journalist. She was a role model and a mentor to aspiring Palestinian female journalists, and a trusted colleague of many in the local and international media. She was also a United States citizen. Despite wearing a protective helmet and blue bulletproof vest clearly marked as “PRESS,” Shireen was murdered by an Israeli-fired bullet to the head. Israeli forces continued to fire live rounds as bystanders– including other members of the press–tried to render assistance. Then, as we and hundreds of others gathered to begin her funeral procession, Israeli forces attacked us, beating mourners and pallbearers, violently disrupting the dignified burial procession she deserved." The letter adds: "We call on you to: 1. Meet with us during your upcoming visit and hear directly from us about our concerns and demands for justice. 2. Provide us with all of the information gathered by your administration to date concerning Shireen’s killings, including any evidence reviewed and assessed by U.S. officials, the identities and qualifications of all individuals present during the latest review of evidence, any forensics reports or other information that has not been provided to us or our legal team. 3. Retract the Department of State’s July 4 press statement, given that the Department’s own account indicates that it is not based on any credible assessment. 4. Direct the Department of Justice, including the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and any other relevant U.S. offices or agencies to take action on Shireen’s extrajudicial killing. 5. Finally, and it should be needless to say, we expect the Biden administration support our efforts to push for accountability and justice for Shireen, wherever they take us."

January 6 panel subpoenas Pat Cipollone

In this letter sent via email to Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel to President Donald Trump who repeatedly fought Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, the House Select Committee on January 6 subpoenas his testimony.

Federal Reserve minutes June 2022

A joint meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (The Fed) was held in the offices of the Board of Governors on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. and continued on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at 9:00 a.m.

Critique of law enforcement in Uvalde, Texas

"Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas was attacked on May 24, 2022. The attack resulted in 21 fatalities (19 students and 2 teachers) and 17 injuries. The Texas Department of Public Safety contacted the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center soon after the attack to assess the law enforcement response." The ALERRT critique includes, "Prior to the suspect’s entry into the building at 11:33:00, according to statements, a Uvalde Police Officer on scene at the crash site observed the suspect carrying a rifle outside the west hall entry. The officer, armed with a rifle, asked his supervisor for permission to shoot the suspect. However, the supervisor either did not hear or responded too late. The officer turned to get confirmation from his supervisor and when he turned back to address the suspect, he had entered the west hallway unabated. (OS per investigating officer interview)."

Texas' 1925 abortion ban

In a 1925 law "impliedly repealed" under Roe v. Wade and under a 2004 decision, but reinstated after Roe was overturned, the Texas code states: "If any person shall designedly administer to a pregnant woman or knowingly procure to be administered with her consent any drug or medicine, or shall use towards her any violence or means whatever externally or internally applied, and thereby procure an abortion, he shall be confined in the penitentiary not less than two nor more than five years; if it be done without her consent, the punishment shall be doubled. By "abortion" is meant that the life of the fetus or embryo shall be destroyed in the woman’s womb or that a premature birth thereof be caused."

Think Rubix deal for Little Rock LITFest

Think Rubix LLC and the City of Little Rock reach an agreement for LITFest, a proposed festival to replace RiverFest.

Christopher Pincher resigns in UK scandal

Chris Pincher, whose role as the deputy chief whip was to maintain discipline among members Britain's Conservative Party in Parliament, resigned from his post and then was suspended by the Tories over a drunken incident in which he reportedly groped two men at an event. In his resignation letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, he writes, "Last night I drunk far too much. I’ve embarrassed myself and other people, which is the last thing I want to do, and for that I apologize to you and to those concerned." However, he also wrote, "you will continue to have my full support from the back benches," prompting calls for his suspension from Parliament.

New Zealand declares Proud Boys terror group

The New Zealand Police, recommending that the American Proud Boys (APBs) be classified as a terror group, focus on Gavin McInnes, writing, "The deliberate use of violence against ideological opponents, and in service of ideological objectives has been a key characteristic of the APBs since its founding by McInnes. As early as 2016 on the Gavin McInnes Show, McInnes warned his perceived political enemies, “We will kill you. That’s the Proud Boys in a nutshell. We will kill you. We look nice, we seem soft, we have 'boys' in our name but... we will assassinate you”, and in 2017 stated, “we need more violence from the Trump people, Trump supporters…”

West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency

In a ruling limiting the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon emissions, Chief Justice John Roberts writes for the court, "Under our precedents, this is a major questions case. In arguing that Section 111(d) empowers it to substantially restructure the American energy market, EPA “claim[ed] to discover in a long-extant statute an unheralded power” representing a “transformative expansion in [its] regulatory authority.” ... It located that newfound power in the vague language of an “ancillary provision[]” of the Act, Whitman, 531 U. S., at 468, one that was designed to function as a gap filler and had rarely been used in the preceding decades. And the Agency’s discovery allowed it to adopt a regulatory program that Congress had conspicuously and repeatedly declined to enact itself. ... Given these circumstances, there is every reason to “hesitate before concluding that Congress” meant to confer on EPA the authority it claims under Section 111(d)." In her dissent, Elena Kagan writes, "Let’s say the obvious: The stakes here are high. Yet the Court today prevents congressionally authorized agency action to curb power plants’ carbon dioxide emissions. The Court appoints itself—instead of Congress or the expert agency—the decision-maker on climate policy. I cannot think of many things more frightening. Respectfully, I dissent."

Complaint filed to recoup county money paid to Pulaski County Justice of the Peace Kristina Gulley

Complaint filed to recoup county money paid to Pulaski County Justice of the Peace Kristina Gulley

Planned Parenthood of Utah sues over abortion trigger law

Planned Parenthood Association of Utah argues in a lawsuit filed Sunday, June 26, 2022, that because of the end of Roe v. Wade, and the subsequent activation of a law banning abortions in Utah, "PPAU and its staff, who provide abortions among other sexual and reproductive health care in Utah, have had no choice but to stop performing abortions that are not permitted by the Act in the state, effective immediately. At this time, PPAU is cancelling appointments today for roughly a dozen patients who had abortions scheduled. PPAU has more than 55 patients scheduled for abortion appointments in the next week, including 12 on Monday, 19 on Tuesday, and 19 on Wednesday." The lawsuit adds, "Utahns who have relied on safe, legal access to abortion—access that has existed for at least five decades—will lose the right to determine the composition of their families and whether and when to become parents; their entitlement to be free from discriminatory state laws that perpetuate stereotypes about women and their proper societal role; the right to bodily autonomy and to be free from involuntary servitude; and the right to make private health care decisions and to keep those health care decisions free from public scrutiny."

Applications for Little Rock chief of police

Applicants for the open Little Rock chief of police position include Jonathan Lewin, Joseph Sullivan, Frank Lewis and Derrick Threadgill.

ADH letter to Planned Parenthood on abortions

In a letter to Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma, Paula Day of the Arkansas Department of Health writes, "Please be advised that, pursuant to Act 309 of 2021, purposely performing or attempting to perform an abortion is a felony punishable by up to 10 years' imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000, except to save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency."

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Arkansas abortion ban trigger law

Arkansas Act 180 of 2019, which took effect when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, reads in part, "A person shall not purposely perform or attempt to perform an abortion except to save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency. (b) Performing or attempting to perform an abortion is an unclassified felony with a fine not to exceed one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) or imprisonment not to exceed ten (10) years, or both." The law makes exceptions for medical emergencies for the mother, as well as procedures to preserve the life of the unborn child, to remove an unborn child who died in a spontaneous abortion, or to remove an ectopic pregnancy.

Clarence Thomas concurrence in Dobbs

Justice Clarence Thomas, concurring in Dobbs v. Jackson, the decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, writes, "As I have previously explained, “substantive due process” is an oxymoron that “lack[s] any basis in the Constitution.” He adds, "in future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell. Because any substantive due process decision is “demonstrably erroneous” ... we have a duty to “correct the error” established in those precedents. ... After overruling these demonstrably erroneous decisions, the question would remain whether other constitutional provisions guarantee the myriad rights that our substantive due process cases have generated." Thomas concludes, "Substantive due process conflicts with that textual command and has harmed our country in many ways. Accordingly, we should eliminate it from our jurisprudence at the earliest opportunity."

Lawsuit filed in Hunter Brittain death

In a lawsuit against former Lonoke County Deputy Michael Davis and others, representatives for the late Hunter Brittain argue that Davis suffered from mental illness and was off his medication, and that Lonoke County Sheriff John Staley should have known that Davis was unfit for duty before the encounter in which the teenage Brittain was killed.

8th Circuit order in Arkansas Times boycott suit

The Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals writes: "In 2017, Arkansas passed a law requiring public contracts to include a certification that the contractor will not “boycott” Israel. Arkansas Times sued, arguing that the law violates the First Amendment. The district court dismissed the action. Sitting en banc, we conclude that the certification requirement does not violate the First Amendment and affirm. ... The basic dispute in this case is whether “boycotting Israel” only covers unexpressive commercial conduct, or whether it also prohibits protected expressive conduct. Arkansas Times points us to N.A.A.C.P. v. Claiborne Hardware Co., 458 U.S. 886 (1982), which held that expressive conduct accompanying a boycott is protected by the First Amendment. The State, on the other hand, argues that Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic & Institutional Rights, Inc. (FAIR), 547 U.S. 47 (2006) controls. There, the Supreme Court held that First Amendment protection does not extend to non-expressive conduct intended to convey a political message. ... Under Arkansas’s canons of statutory interpretation, we think the Arkansas Supreme Court would read Act 710 as prohibiting purely commercial, non-expressive conduct. It does not ban Arkansas Times from publicly criticizing Israel, or even protesting the statute itself. It only prohibits economic decisions that discriminate against Israel. Because those commercial decisions are invisible to observers unless explained, they are not inherently expressive and do not implicate the First Amendment."

Texas Republican Party's 2022 platform

The Texas Republican Party has been criticized for its 2022 platform, which includes planks such as "We believe that the 2020 election violated Article 1 and 2 of the US Constitution, that 1582 various secretaries of state illegally circumvented their state legislatures in conducting their elections in multiple ways, including by allowing ballots to be received after November 3, 2020. We believe that substantial election fraud in key metropolitan areas significantly affected the results in five key states in favor of Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. We reject the certified results of the 2020 Presidential election, and we hold that acting President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States," and "Homosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle choice. We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin, and we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values."

Downtown Little Rock Partnership funding letter

Carol Worley, president of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership Board, writes to the Little Rock Board of Directors to request $1 million to fund repairs to downtown infrastructure: "With the recent infusion of an additional $18 million of federal funds to be spent in areas of specific need, the City of Little Rock has an opportunity to invest in its downtown, the heart of our city and, hopefully, reshape the future of downtown. Downtown is an incredibly valuable asset to our City and State. Funding of much needed improvements downtown will provide the ability to make much needed repairs and to vastly improve our downtown. It will provide for a master plan, something our downtown has not had since the River Market Hall was completed in the early 1990’s. During the pandemic, our downtown, more so than everywhere else, was shut down," adding, "We need a plan that will identify ideas rethinking our land use and come up with hybrid ideas for work-spaces, living spaces and public spaces. Something that will show us creative repurposing of existing buildings so that they will be functional and accommodating for all types of workers and employers."

Veterans burn pits Senate legislation

A Senate bill supported by Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas reads "To amend title 38, United States Code, to concede exposure to airborne hazards and toxins from burn pits under certain circumstances, and for other purposes" and says that it may be cited as the "Veterans Burn Pits Exposure Recognition Act of 2021."

White House online harassment task force

President Joe Biden's "Establishment of the White House Task Force to Address Online Harassment and Abuse" reads, in part, "I am directing the Director of the White House Gender Policy Council and the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs to lead an interagency effort to address online harassment and abuse, specifically focused on technology-facilitated gender-based violence, and to develop concrete recommendations to improve prevention, response, and protection efforts through programs and policies in the United States and globally."

Little Rock police chief applications

Applicants try for the vacant Little Rock police chief's job in this June 15, 2022 collection of resumes and applications.

Biden executive order on LGBTQI community

In an executive order on June 15, 2022, President Joe Biden says, "It is therefore the policy of my Administration to combat unlawful discrimination and eliminate disparities that harm LGBTQI+ individuals and their families, defend their rights and safety, and pursue a comprehensive approach to delivering the full promise of equality for LGBTQI+ individuals, consistent with Executive Order 13988 of January 20, 2021 (Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation)."

Judge allows New York case against NRA to continue

New York Judge Joel Cohen writes, "On this motion, New York Attorney General Letitia James (the “Attorney General”) seeks to dismiss counterclaims filed by Defendant National Rifle Association of America, Inc. (“NRA”), which challenge the constitutionality of her decisions to investigate the NRA and, ultimately, to seek judicial dissolution of the NRA in this case. For the reasons set forth below, the Attorney General’s motion is granted." The NRA had sought to have the charges dismissed.

Hutchinson, governors letter to Biden on shootings

In a June 9, 2022 letter to President Joe Biden, Govs. Asa Hutchinson and Phil Murphy of Arkansas and New Jersey, respectively, write, "As Chair and Vice Chair of the National Governors Association, we are writing to advise you of the establishment of a bipartisan working group that will study and make recommendations designed to stop mass shootings and provide families confidence in the safety of their communities, and in particular, their schools. Our goal is to present recommendations that consider the various factors contributing to gun violence, which is the leading cause of death for American children and adolescents as of 2020 according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)."

Indian Youth Services Corps guidelines

The guidelines for the Indian Youth Services Corps say the program is "to expand opportunities for Tribes to participate in Public Land Corps activities and to provide a direct benefit to members of federally recognized Indian Tribes or Alaska Native corporations. The IYSC Program will provide meaningful educational, employment, and training opportunities to its participants through conservation projects on eligible service land - public lands and Indian lands." It further says, "The IYSC Program is a statutory program that authorizes Tribes to enter into agreements with qualified youth or conservation corps to carry out appropriate conservation projects on eligible service land. It also allows the Secretary of the Interior, Agriculture, or Commerce to enter into cooperative agreements with Indian Tribes to provide funding and other support in the establishment and administration of the IYSC Program."

LITFest firm emails with Little Rock

In correspondence with the city of Little Rock, Think Rubix, the firm hired to handle the LITFest festival, writes, "We want the city to consider the following revisions to Exhibit A & B regarding invoicing, sponsorship, and aggregated attendance responsibilities. We cannot ensure that we can meet the deliverables assigned in Exhibit A & B if we do not have a baseline budget from which to project. Therefore, we'd like to add an addendum that Think Rubix LLC will not be penalized for failing to meet the attendance and fundraising goals set by the city if proper funding is not raised and supplied by and in partnership with the city. Specifically, the addendum would apply to these two items from Exhibit B: Exhibit B - Sponsorship dollars totaling at least $75,000 will be raised Exhibit B - Aggregate number of attendees to all LITFest events will be between 20,000 and 40,000 persons. Additionally, we would like clarification around the following language in Exhibit A: Ensuring the timely invoicing for payment of talent, in accordance with the contracts." What is Think Rubix's responsibility in coordinating invoices to the city on behalf of the talent hired? "Responsibility for securing the sponsorships and fundraising for the event, including meeting deadlines for different levels of funds to be raised." What does the city mean by "secure"?"

Eureka Green denied medical marijuana license

A ruling from the Arkansas Supreme Court reads, in part, "Eureka Green’s complaint neither challenges the “applicability” of any rule as contemplated by section 207 nor does it seek a declaration regarding whether other rules should have been applied. As such, the circuit court did not have subject-matter jurisdiction over the Eureka Green’s complaint under either section 207 or 212 and neither does this court. We reverse the circuit court’s order and dismiss the complaint. As a final note, the Chief Justice has previously commented that the [Medial Marijuana Commission] had a constitutional duty it had neglected by its failure to adopt necessary rules for the administration of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment. That was 2018. Id. It is now four years later, and the MMC has still not adopted these necessary and mandatory rules. While the issue of the failure to adopt administrative rules is not properly before us in this appeal, we take this opportunity to remind the MMC about the importance of following the Arkansas Constitution and again urge it to adopt rules for the administration of the medical marijuana amendment."

California reparations executive summary

An executive summary of California's reparations proposal suggests that deliberations be held on ending legal slavery in California, in part by deleting language from the California Constitution that permits involuntary servitude as punishment for crime; making it easier to hold law enforcement officers and their employing agencies accountable for unlawful harassment and violence; create forms of acknowledgment and apology for acts of political disenfranchisement; identify and eliminate anti-Black housing discrimination policies practices; and address racism in infrastructure.

Barry Jefferson suit over JP eligibility

A petition filed Wednesday, June 1, 2022 in Pulaski Circuit Court claims that Barry Jefferson, a candidate for Pulaski County justice of the peace, is ineligible to serve because of a previous hot check conviction — the same reason incumbent and former opponent Kristina Gulley was removed from the race. The complaint filed by Florence Wiley claims Jefferson was found guilty of a hot check violation in 2007. It alleges other criminal activity such as a previous charge from Kmart for theft and unpaid fines to Phillips County District Court.

Johnny Depp Amber Heard statements

In their statements after the verdict in Johnny Depp's libel case against his ex-wife Amber Heard, Depp writes, "False, very serious and criminal allegations were levied at me via the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me. It had already traveled around the world twice within a nanosecond and it had a seismic impact on my life and my career. And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled. My decision to pursue this case, knowing very well the height of the legal hurdles that I would be facing and the inevitable, worldwide spectacle into my life, was only made after considerable thought. From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome. Speaking the truth was something that I owed to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that." Heard wrote, "The disappointment I feel today is beyond words. I'm heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband. I'm even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It is a setback. It sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women is to be taken seriously."

Judge dismisses lawsuit by Trump

Federal Judge Brenda Sannes' ruling states that, "While the New York proceeding has been ongoing since August 2020, Plaintiffs have submitted no evidence that the subpoena enforcement proceeding has been conducted in such a way as to constitute harassment" against former President Donald Trump. The ruling frees New York Attorney General Letitia James to complete her investigation.

Brian Mitchell resignation letter from UALR

In a letter to UALR titled "The Resignation of Dr. Brian Mitchell," he writes, "I am writing to inform you that I am resigning my position as an Associate Professor in the History Department with my last day being June 10, 2022. I do not believe that the words “resigning or resignation” adequately express my sentiments in regard to my departure or my experiences as an African American faculty member at the University of Arkansas Little Rock. When describing my decision to leave the institution, I believe the term “constructive discharge” fits more appropriately. I am resigning my position because I no longer feel safe, professionally or physically, at the university. My fears are rooted in the widely held belief that the university’s social climate is one of pervasive and entrenched systemic racism and discrimination, and that the administration has dedicated itself to covering up the acts of those that participate in harassment, discrimination, and retaliation."

2022 House domestic terrorism bill

HR 350, rejected by Senate Republicans on May 26, 2022, reads, "To authorize dedicated domestic terrorism offices within the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to analyze and monitor domestic terrorist activity and require the Federal Government to take steps to prevent domestic terrorism. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, This Act may be cited as the 'Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2022'."

Federal Open Market Committee minutes May 2022

The minutes from the Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee meeting, May 3–4, 2022, read, "The staff’s projection for PCE price inflation was revised up slightly in the second half of 2022 and in 2023 in response to the slow resolution of supply constraints seen over the first part of 2022, a higher projected path for import prices, and a judgment that wage increases would put more upward pressure on services prices than previously assumed. All told, total PCE price inflation was expected to be 4.3 percent in 2022. PCE price inflation was then expected to step down to 2.5 percent in 2023 and to 2.1 percent in 2024 as supply–demand imbalances in the economy were reduced by slowing aggregate demand and an anticipated easing of supply constraints."

Biden executive order on policing

In an executive order signed May 25, 2022, President Joe Biden states that "It is therefore the policy of my Administration to increase public trust and enhance public safety and security by encouraging equitable and community-oriented policing. We must commit to new practices in law enforcement recruitment, hiring, promotion, and retention, as well as training, oversight, and accountability. Insufficient resources, including those dedicated to support officer wellness — needed more than ever as officers confront rising crime and the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic — jeopardize the law enforcement community’s ability to build and retain a highly qualified and diverse professional workforce. We must work together to ensure that law enforcement agencies have the resources they need as well as the capacity to attract, hire, and retain the best personnel, including resources to institute screening mechanisms to identify unqualified applicants and to support officers in meeting the stresses and challenges of the job. We must also ensure that law enforcement agencies reflect the communities they serve, protect all community members equally, and offer comprehensive training and development opportunities to line officers and supervisors alike."

CBO projections 2022

In its 2022 budget projections, the Congressional Budget Office writes, "CBO projects that the federal budget deficit will shrink to $1.0 trillion in 2022 (it was $2.8 trillion last year) and that the annual shortfall would average $1.6 trillion from 2023 to 2032. The deficit continues to decrease as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) next year as spending related to the coronavirus pandemic wanes, but then deficits increase, reaching 6.1 percent of GDP in 2032. The deficit has been greater than that only six times since 1946."

52422 ABSC statement

52422 ABSC statement

Walmart-UALR sponsored research agreement

Walmart and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock reach a sponsored research agreement that deals with the rights to any inventions or developments.

Eastman Trump court filing

Conservative lawyer John Eastman, architect of a strategy to overturn the 2020 election, dealt directly with President Donald Trump and received handwritten notes from him as the men sought to keep Trump in power, according to a new court filing. Eastman did not release the contents of his communications with Trump and others in the White House and the Trump campaign, but he described them in general terms in a filing in his federal lawsuit in California against the House committee: "The remaining 33 documents over which Dr. Eastman has asserted attorney-client privilege were communications among attorneys working on the Trump legal team either relaying confidential communications from former President Trump or discussing advice to be provided to him. Such communications between co-counsel discussing confidential communications from the client or advice to be given to the client are as privileged as communications between counsel and client. ... Twenty-one of the documents identified above are attachments to the email communications. Most are legal analysis memos (and their supporting data) or drafts of pleadings, quintessential privileged material (as well as work product). Two include hand-written notes from former President Trump about information that he thought might be useful for the anticipated litigation — again, quintessential privileged material."

Michael Avenatti letter to Stormy Daniels

In a letter written to former client Stormy Daniels, jailed attorney Michael Avenatti writes that he knows that he failed in his efforts to represent her, adding, "I wish that we could turn back the clock so that the mistakes I made would never be repeated. I am truly sorry."

January 6 committee letter to Loudermilk

In a letter to U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, the Select Committee to investigate the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol writes, "Republicans on the Committee on House Administration — of which you are a Member — claimed to have reviewed security footage from the days preceding January 6th and determined that “[t]here were no tours, no large groups, no one with MAGA hats on.” However, the Select Committee’s review of evidence directly contradicts that denial. We would like to meet with you soon, but we also want to accommodate your schedule. We propose meeting with you on the week of May 23, 2022. Please let us know whether one of those dates will fit with your schedule. If you are unavailable that week, we can arrange an alternative time to meet. If it would be preferable to hold this meeting with you in your home district, we would also be glad to explore travel arrangements to facilitate that option."

Arkansas revenue tables FY 2022

For FY 2022 net available Arkansas revenues are expected to reach $7,322.7 million, an increase of $477.4 million, or 7.0 percent from FY 2021 results for net available. Year-to-date actual growth after ten months in the fiscal year has been 13.5 percent above year earlier levels, resulting in $987.9 million above forecast at that point. The FY 2022 forecast is expected to provide a surplus above RSA of $1.473 billion.

Oklahoma's ban on virtually all abortion

A bill headed to the Oklahoma governor's desk to ban virtually all abortion from the moment of conception defines "Abortion" as "the act of using, prescribing, administering, procuring, or selling of any instrument, medicine, drug, or any other substance, device, or means with the purpose to terminate the pregnancy of a woman, with knowledge that the termination by any of those means will with reasonable likelihood cause the death of an unborn child. It does not include the use, prescription, administration, procuring, or selling of Plan B, morning-after pills, or any other type of contraception or emergency contraception. An act is not an abortion if the act is performed with the purpose to: a. save the life or preserve the health of the unborn child, b. remove a dead unborn child caused by spontaneous abortion, c. remove an ectopic pregnancy." It also defines "Unborn child" as "a human fetus or embryo in any stage of gestation from fertilization until birth" and defines "Woman" and "women" as including "any person whose biological sex is female, including any person with XX chromosomes and any person with a uterus, regardless of any gender identity that the person attempts to assert or claim."

SIGAR report on Afghanistan withdrawal

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction report, "Collapse of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces: An Assessment of the Factors That Led to Its Demise," argues that "the single most important factor in the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces’ (ANDSF's) collapse in August 2021 was the U.S. decision to withdraw military forces and contractors from Afghanistan through signing the U.S.-Taliban agreement in February 2020 under the Trump administration, followed by President Biden’s withdrawal announcement in April 2021. Due to the ANDSF’s dependency on U.S. military forces, these events destroyed ANDSF morale. The ANDSF had long relied on the U.S. military’s presence to protect against large-scale ANDSF losses, and Afghan troops saw the United States as a means of holding their government accountable for paying their salaries. The U.S.-Taliban agreement made it clear that this was no longer the case, resulting in a sense of abandonment within the ANDSF and the Afghan population. The agreement set in motion a series of events crucial to understanding the ANDSF’s collapse."

Biden invokes act to address baby formula shortage

President Joe Biden invokes the Defense Production Act, arguing in a memo, "On February 17, 2022, the largest infant formula manufacturer in the country — Abbott Nutrition — initiated a voluntary recall of several lines of powdered infant formula made at its Sturgis, Michigan facility, following concerns about bacterial contamination at the facility after four infants fell ill. This incident has combined with supply chain stress associated with effects of the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic to cause an acute disruption in the supply of infant formula in the United States. Adequate supply of infant formula is critical to the health and safety of the millions of children who depend on the formula for essential nutrition. The Federal Government has worked in the last several months to address the shortfall in infant formula, but additional measures are needed to ensure an adequate supply of infant formula in the United States and thereby protect the health and well-being of our Nation’s children. This disruption threatens the continued functioning of the national infant formula supply chain, undermining critical infrastructure that is essential to the national defense, including to national public health or safety. As the Abbott Nutrition recall shows, closure of a single formula-producing facility can severely disrupt the supply of formula nationwide. Accordingly, I hereby determine, pursuant to section 101 of the Act, that the ingredients necessary to manufacture infant formula meet the criteria specified in section 101(b) of the Act (50 U.S.C. 4511(b))."

New Mexico wildfires letter to Biden

Michelle Lujan Grisham, the governor of New Mexico, writes to President Joe Biden in May 2022 to request that the federal government cover 100 percent of the costs of the region's wildfires.

Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative report

The Interior Department report reads, "The Assistant Secretary’s findings of the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative, which remain under investigation, based on examination of records under its control, include the following: 1. The Federal Indian boarding system was expansive, consisting of 408 Federal Indian boarding schools, comprised of 431 specific sites, across 37 states or then-territories, including 21 schools in Alaska and 7 schools in Hawaii. 2. Multiple generations of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian children were induced or compelled by the Federal Government to experience the Federal Indian boarding school system, given their political and legal status as Indians and Native Hawaiians." It criticizes the expansion of "The twin Federal policy of Indian territorial dispossession and Indian assimilation through Indian education" and adds, "Further review is required to determine the reach and impact of the violence and trauma inflicted on Indian children through the Federal Indian boarding school system."

Russellville site identified as Indian boarding school

The Interior Department has identified the Dwight Presbyterian Mission School as Arkansas' one Indian boarding school under review: "Listed in an 1827 Department of War Document as Dwight, West Mississippi with 50 pupils and $200 paid annually to American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM). The Dwight Mission School is described in the 1820 Report to the Secretary of War (page 214-215) as being planned for and it will mirror Brainerd and Eliot in operations and children will be taken into homes, received into the family and cared for by placing them in a Christian family. Supplemental research indicates that the Dwight Presbyterian Mission was one of the first American missions to the Native Americans. It was established by Cephas Washburn near Russellville, Arkansas in August 1820 on Illinois Bayou to serve the Arkansas Cherokees. Because they were required to move to Indian Territory in 1828, the mission was reestablished in 1829 near present-day Marble City, Oklahoma. It was named for Rev. Timothy Dwight. By 1824, Dwight Mission was a self-contained small town on the frontier. There were at least 24 buildings, including residences for missionaries, students, staff, and visitors. A new treaty between the Cherokees and the United States in 1828 required the Arkansas Cherokees to move to Oklahoma."

Alabama judge's ruling on transgender law

U.S. District Judge Liles Burke grants the plaintiff's motion for an injunction on an Alabama law that made it a felony to prescribe gender-affirming puberty blockers and hormones to transgender minors, writing, "the Court finds that the imminent threat of harm to Parent Plaintiffs and Minor Plaintiffs — i.e., severe physical and/or psychological harm — outweighs the harm the State will suffer from the injunction. The Court further finds that an injunction is not adverse to the public interest. To the contrary, enjoining the Act upholds and reaffirms the “enduring American tradition” that parents—not the States or federal courts—play the primary role in nurturing and caring for their children."

Texas Supreme Court transgender ruling

In the Texas case over whether the state could investigate treatments for transgender children as abuse, the Texas Supreme Court wrote, "On February 18, 2022, the Attorney General issued Opinion No. KP-0401, which concludes that certain “‘sex change’ procedures and treatments . . . when performed on children, can legally constitute child abuse under several provisions of chapter 261 of the Texas Family Code.” Relying on this opinion, the Governor sent a letter to the Commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) expressing his view that “a number of so-called ‘sex change’ procedures constitute child abuse under existing Texas law.” The letter closes with the instruction that “DFPS and all other state agencies must follow the law as explained in OAG Opinion No. KP-0401.” DFPS then issued the following statement to the media: “In accordance with Governor Abbott’s directive today to Commissioner Masters, we will follow Texas law as explained in Attorney General opinion KP-0401.” This lawsuit followed."

Texas Supreme Court transgender dissent

In his dissent over the Texas Supreme Court's ruling that at least one family was entitled to an injunction in Texas' effort to investigate transgender treatment for youth as potential abuse, Texas Justice Jimmy Blacklock writes, "As the Court rightly observes, if DFPS concludes on the basis of an investigation that further action is warranted, that action cannot take place without court authorization. Until then, the courts’ normal role in this process is not to tell DFPS what it can and cannot investigate. Instead, the courts’ role is to decide whether DFPS may take action based on its investigation. The court of appeals’ order, however, would prohibit DFPS from even beginning an investigation to determine whether cause for concern meriting the pursuit of court orders might exist. In other words, the injunction amounts to one court ordering DFPS not even to look into whether it should seek orders from another court. We are pointed to no precedent for this kind of preemptive short-circuiting of the normal relationship between the investigatory power of the executive branch and the judicial power of the courts."

Missouri bill on ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine

Missouri House Bill 2149 of 2022 appears to prevent pharmacists from raising questions about patients' prescriptions for ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine: "The board shall not deny, revoke, or suspend, or otherwise take any disciplinary action against, a certificate of registration or authority, permit, or license required by this chapter for any person due to the lawful dispensing, distributing, or selling of ivermectin tablets or hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets for human use in accordance with prescriber directions. A pharmacist shall not contact the prescribing physician or the patient to dispute the efficacy of ivermectin tablets or hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets for human use unless the physician or patient inquires of the pharmacist about the efficacy of ivermectin tablets or hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets."

Congressional report on meatpacking during covid

A congressional report in May 2022 concludes, "Meatpacking companies knew the risk posed by the coronavirus to their workers and knew it wasn’t a risk that the country needed them to take. They nonetheless lobbied aggressively —successfully enlisting USDA as a close collaborator in their efforts — to keep 33 workers on the job in unsafe conditions, to ensure state and local health authorities were powerless to mandate otherwise, and to be protected against legal liability for the harms that would result. The results of this lobbying campaign were tragic: during the first year of the pandemic, workforces for Smithfield, Tyson, JBS, Cargill, and National Beef alone saw at least 59,000 worker infections, at least 269 worker deaths, and countless more cases and deaths among meatpacking-adjacent communities driven by plant outbreaks. To prevent a recurrence of these harms, it is important that agencies work with each other and state governments to develop crisis plans that will guard against industry-captured agencies, such as President Donald Trump’s USDA, exploiting their authority to advance private corporate interests at the expense of public health."

Trump executive order on meatpacking

An executive order on April 28, 2020, signed by President Donald Trump reads, "I find that meat and poultry in the food supply chain meet the criteria specified in section 101(b) of the Act (50 U.S.C. 4511(b)). Under the delegation of authority provided in this order, the Secretary of Agriculture shall take all appropriate action under that section to ensure that meat and poultry processors continue operations consistent with the guidance for their operations jointly issued by the CDC and OSHA. Under the delegation of authority provided in this order, the Secretary of Agriculture may identify additional specific food supply chain resources that meet the criteria of section 101(b)."

Memorandum of understanding between the University of Arkansas and Crystal Bridges

Memorandum of understanding between the University of Arkansas and Crystal Bridges

Kenyon Lowe complaint to HUD

Kenyon Lowe of the Little Rock Housing Authority writes, "I am writing to you in lodging a claim of fraud, waste, and abuse in the distribution of the CARES Act funding recived by the Housing Authority of the City of Little Rock (AR004) by Dr. Nadine Jarmon. In addition, a claim of unauthorized salary adjustments by raising all employees salary to $60,000 per year making them exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Board to avoid paying overtine to such employees that qualified for such. Lastly, Dr. Jarmon and Jada Johnson (Procurement Co-ordinator), conspired to keep a contract on board since 2012 without a contract and violating 2 CFR 200. Furthermore, attached is an email chain where Dr. Jarmon was paying a $93,000 protective services without a contract."

Texas AG deputy Brent Webster sued

In a suit filed by the State Bar of Texas, the top deputy for Attorney General Ken Paxton, Brent Webster, is accused of professional misconduct in a lawsuit attempting to stop the certification of Joe Biden as president over Donald Trump: "On or about December 7, 2020, Respondent filed Case No. 220155, styled: State of Texas v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, State of Georgia, State of Michigan, and State of Wisconsin in the United States Supreme Court. Respondent’s pleadings included requests for multiple injunctions against the Defendant States and a finding that the Defendant States violated federal election laws," adding, "Respondent’s pleadings requesting this extraordinary relief misrepresented to the United States Supreme Court that an “outcome-determinative” number of votes in each Defendant State supported Respondent’s pleadings and injunction requests. Respondent made representations in his pleadings that: 1) an outcome determinative number of votes were tied to unregistered voters; 2) votes were switched by a glitch with Dominion voting machines; 3) state actors “unconstitutionally revised their state’s election statutes;” and 4) “illegal votes” had been cast that affected the outcome of the election."

Judge OKs Marjorie Taylor Greene reelection bid

A judge concludes that in the case against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, "the evidence in this matter is insufficient to establish that Rep. Greene, having “previously taken an oath as a member of Congress . . . to support the Constitution of the United States . . . engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or [gave] aid or comfort to the enemies thereof” under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. As this is the sole basis for Challengers’ suit, the Court concludes that Rep. Greene is qualified to be a candidate for Representative for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District," adding, "The burden of proof in this matter is on Challengers. Challengers have failed to prove their case by a preponderance of the evidence," saying it is insufficient to establish that Greene "engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or [gave] aid or comfort to the enemies thereof” under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution."

Paxton letter to Texas Bar Foundation

A letter from the office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to the Texas Bar Foundation reads, "Our office has recently received complaints concerning the activities of the Texas Bar Foundation, alleging that the Texas Bar Foundation is knowingly giving donations to entities that encourage, participate in, and fund illegal immigration at the Texas-Mexico border. Specifically, the complaints indicate the Texas Bar Foundation provides grants to organizations that support, fund, and encourage illegal immigration. The complaints allege this is an improper use of charitable funds such that funds are diverted from their intended purpose."

Arkansas Supreme Court opinion

State Supreme Court decision for Smith v State of Arkansas

HSU faculty resolution

HSU faculty resolution

Henderson State University chancellor letter to campus

Henderson State University chancellor letter to campus

Henderson State University chancellor recommendations

Henderson State University chancellor recommendations

Henderson State University financial exigency committee recommendations

Henderson State University financial exigency committee recommendations

CDC report on hepatitis cases in children

The CDC writes, "During October–November 2021, clinicians at a children’s hospital in Alabama identified five pediatric patients with severe hepatitis and adenovirus viremia upon admission. In November 2021, hospital clinicians, the Alabama Department of Public Health, the Jefferson County Department of Health, and CDC began an investigation. This activity was reviewed by CDC and conducted consistent with applicable federal law and CDC policy. Clinical records from the hospital were reviewed to identify patients seen on or after October 1, 2021, with hepatitis and an adenovirus infection, detected via real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing on whole blood specimens, and no other known cause for hepatitis. An additional four children were identified, for a total of nine patients with hepatitis of unknown etiology and concomitant adenovirus infection during October 2021–February 2022. On February 1, 2022, a statewide health advisory was disseminated to aid in the identification of cases at other facilities in Alabama; no additional patients were identified."

Request, approval for Trump grand jury

In a letter, Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis asks that "a special purpose grand jury be impaneled for the purpose of investigating the facts and circumstances relating directly or indirectly to possible attempts [by President Donald Trump] to disrupt the lawful administration of the 2020 elections in the State of Georgia. Specifically, a special purpose grand jury, which will not have the authority to return an indictment but may make recommendations concerning criminal prosecution as it shall see fit."

University of Arkansas, Crystal Bridges agreement

In a memorandum of understanding, the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and Crystal Bridges Museum agree to work together on a master of arts degree in art history, arts of the Americas degree program.

Holyoke Soldiers Home inspector general report

A Massachusetts report into deaths at the Holyoke Soldiers Home reads, "Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, May 2016 to February 2020, emanated from the Office’s investigation into a complaint it received in November 2019. The complaint focused primarily on the leadership of Superintendent Bennett Walsh at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home (Home) until September 2019 and included allegations of payroll fraud, misuse of state funds, misuse of employee resources and retaliatory behavior against the Home’s employees. The Office conducted an initial investigation of these allegations. Based on this initial investigation, the Office determined that the allegations in the complaint pointed to issues concerning oversight and management."

Trump affidavit on missing documents

In a notorized affidavit responding to an action from New York Attorney General Letitia James, former President Donald Trump writes, "To the best of my knowledge, I do not have the documents requested in the subpoena dated December 1, 2021, in my personal possession, and if there are any documents responsive to the subpoena I believe they would be in the possession or custody of the Trump Organization."

Projects list

Projects list

Copy the lawsuit filed by Rutledge

Copy the lawsuit filed against Family Dollar Stores, Inc.; Dollar Tree, Inc.; Family Dollar Services, LLC; and Family Dollar Stores of Arkansas, LLC by Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge

Jan. 6 Cassidy Hutchinson transcripts

In transcripts from the Jan. 6, 2021 Select Committee interview with Cassidy Hutchinson, she says, "I just remember Mr. [Anthony Ornato] coming in and saying that we had intel reports saying that there could potentially be violence on the 6th. And Mr. [Mark Meadows] said: All right. Let's talk about it. And I believe they went to the office for maybe 5 minutes. It was very quick. Mr. Ornato had stopped him as he was walking out one night to talk about this ... had to be early January because Mr. Ornato was not -- I don't believe he came back until January 2nd or 3rd from Christmas."

Florida law on critical race theory

A Florida bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis limits school lessons on race: "An act relating to individual freedom; amending s. 760.10, F.S.; providing that subjecting any individual, as a condition of employment, membership, certification, licensing, credentialing, or passing an examination, to training, instruction, or any other required activity that espouses, promotes, advances, inculcates, or compels such individual to believe specified concepts constitutes discrimination based on race, color, sex, or national origin; providing construction; amending s. 1000.05, F.S.; providing that subjecting any student or employee to training or instruction that espouses, promotes, advances, inculcates, or compels such individual to believe specified concepts constitutes discrimination based on race, color, sex, or national origin; conforming provisions to changes made by the act; amending s. 1003.42, F.S.; revising requirements for required instruction on the history of African Americans; authorizing instructional personnel to facilitate discussions and use curricula to address, in an age-appropriate manner, specified topics; prohibiting classroom instruction and curricula from being used to indoctrinate or persuade students in a manner inconsistent with certain principles or state academic standards ..."

Biden executive order on forests

From the Joe Biden executive order on Earth Day 2022: "It is the policy of my Administration, in consultation with State, local, Tribal, and territorial governments, as well as the private sector, nonprofit organizations, labor unions, and the scientific community, to pursue science-based, sustainable forest and land management; conserve America’s mature and old-growth forests on Federal lands; invest in forest health and restoration; support indigenous traditional ecological knowledge and cultural and subsistencepractices; honor Tribal treaty rights; and deploy climate-smart forestry practices and other nature-based solutions to improve the resilience of our lands, waters, wildlife, and communities in the face of increasing disturbances and chronic stress arising from climate impacts. It is also the policy of my Administration, as outlined in Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful, to support collaborative, locally led conservation solutions."

Pine Bluff Go-Kart Track concepts

A series of maps and projections illustrate the proposed Pine Bluff Go-Kart track.

Florida House Bill 3C, the Disney tax bill

A Florida bill targeting Disney includes the text, "Any independent special district established by a special act prior to the date of ratification of the Florida Constitution on November 5, 1968, and which was not reestablished, re-ratified, or otherwise reconstituted by a special act or general law after November 5, 1968, is dissolved effective June 1, 2023. An independent special district affected by this subsection may be reestablished on or after June 1, 2023, pursuant to the requirements and limitations of this chapter. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022."

Arkansas Absentee Ballot Application

Arkansas Absentee Ballot Application

Antwan Phillips Ethics Commission

The Arkansas Ethics Commission, in a consent order, details campaign finance violations by Antwan Phillips, an at-large city director for Little Rock.

Texas Gov. Abbott orders border inspections

In his April 6, 2022 order to step up inspections at the Texas-Mexico border, Gov. Greg Abbott wrote to Colonel Steven C. McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety: "As you have explained, the cartels that smuggle illicit contraband and people across our southern border do not care about the condition of the vehicles they send into Texas any more than they care who overdoses from the deadly fentanyl on board. In response to this threat, which is projected to grow in the coming months, I hereby direct the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to conduct enhanced safety inspections of vehicles as they cross international ports of entry into Texas. These inspections should begin immediately to help ensure that Texans are not endangered by unsafe vehicles and their unsafe drivers. Thank you for serving the great State of Texas, and for leading the brave men and women of DPS who work tirelessly to protect us all."

Arkansas Supreme Court Rutledge Remmel lawsuit

The Arkansas Supreme Court sides with Attorney General Leslie Rutledge in a suit summed up as, "This is a lawsuit against Attorney General Leslie Rutledge in both her official and individual capacities. The dispute centers on the Attorney General’s spending on TV commercials and legal filings in out-of-state federal litigation. The lawsuit contains two primary allegations and requests for relief: first, that the Attorney General has exceeded her authority and should be enjoined from continuing to act in excess of her authority and second, that she has spent funds in excess of her authority, which constitutes an illegal exaction. The matter comes before us now on an interlocutory appeal after the circuit court denied the Attorney General’s assertions of various immunity defenses."

Bentonville mask mandate ban reversed

The Arkansas Supreme Court reverses a temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing the Bentonville School District from mandating face masks, writing, "Because we hold that the District had the authority to promulgate its policy and that the policy did not violate the parents’ fundamental rights, we conclude that the parents failed to show that irreparable harm will result in the absence of a TRO." Justice Barbara Webb dissents, writing, "Equating health decisions for children to uniforms, cosmetics, and playground rules erodes the rightful freedoms of parents while further empowering government control. President Reagan was wise to warn us of the terrifying nature of government regulation done under the guise of “help.” Our Constitution and Bill of Rights were written to maximize personal freedom by restraining the government from infringing on our God-given rights."

Thompson, Dustin Capitol January 6 rioter

In the official complaint against Dustin Byron Thompson for his actions on Jan. 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, a federal agent writes, "Thompson picked up a coat rack that was behind him. The coat rack appeared to have been taken from the inside of the Capitol building. The USCP Agents instructed Thompson to put the coat rack down. Thompson complied. Because Thompson was in possession of stolen property from the riots that had just occurred at the Capitol, USCP Agents stopped Thompson ... [who] fled on foot and got away." A video is cited in which Thompson poses with the coat rack on video and says, "Wooooo! ‘Merica Hey! This is our house!"

North Little Rock ward maps 2022

A combination of three maps shows proposed ward changes for North Little Rock in 2022.

GAO Trends Affecting Government and Society

In its report on trends affecting government and society, the U.S. Government Accountability Office identifies multiple areas of interest: National Security: Global and Domestic Threats; Fiscal Sustainability and Debt; Preparing for Catastrophic Biological Incidents; Racial and Ethnic Disparities; Science, Technology, and the Innovation Economy; Security Implications for an Increasingly Digital World; Changes to How and Where We Work; Future of Global Supply Chains; Online Learning and Technology in Education; Evolving Health Technologies; Sustainable Development; and the Evolving Space Environment.

Texas prosecutor drops abortion charge

In a statement released on his Facebook account, Gocha Allen Ramirez, the 229th Texas Judicial District prosecuting attorney, announced that he will ask a judge to dismiss a murder charge against Lizelle Herrera over a self-induced abortion. A Starr County grand jury indicted Herrera on March 30 for murder for allegedly causing "the death of an individual ... by self-induced abortion." Authorities haven't released details about what Herrera allegedly did, and Ramirez didn't immediately respond to an email Sunday seeking further information about the case. From his statement Sunday and a previous statement put out by a Starr County sheriff's office official, it wasn't clear if Herrera was accused of giving herself an abortion or assisting in someone else's self-induced abortion.

Alabama transgender bathroom bill

Per the state of Alabama: "There is no existing law that specifically addresses the privacy rights of a public K-12 student relating to the use of school facilities designated for the biological sex of the student. This bill would require public K-12 schools to designate all rooms that are accessible to multiple students of one sex to be used by male and female students on the basis of biological sex."

Maryland's Hogan vetoes abortion expansion

Maryland Governor Lawrence "Larry" Hogan vetoes House Bill 937, the Abortion Care Access Act, saying that he had vowed to take no action affecting Marylan law on reproductive rights, and that in expanding the number of people qualified to perform abortions, the bill "endangers the health and lives of women."

Kentucky's Beshear votes abortion ban

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear vetoes House Bill 3, an abortion restriction, saying it contains no exceptions for rape or incest, and that it is likely unconstitutional.

Idaho Supreme Court stays abortion ban

The Idaho Supreme Court has stayed a ban on abortion limits, the FETAL HEARTBEAT PREBORN CHILD PROTECTION ACT: "Respondent's Motion to Reconsider Order Re: Verified Petition for Writ of Prohibition and for Declaratory Judgment is GRANTED. Respondent shall have a total of twenty-eight (28) days from the date of the entry of the Order Re: Verified Petition for Writ of Prohibition to file a Verified Answer and separate response brief, consistent with l.A.R. 32(e), with this court. The Verified Answer and separate response brief shall be filed no later than April 28, 2022. The Petitioners are ordered to file a reply brief, consistent with l.A.R. 32(e), no later than fourteen (14) days after the response brief is filed. The parties having both requested action by this Court to preserve the status quo to give the parties the ability to adequately brief this case, pursuant to l.A.R. 13(g) the implementation of Senate Bill 1309 is STAYED, pending further action by this Court."

White House failed to report 2020 foreign gifts

A listing of foreign gifts for the year 2020, President Donald Trump's final full year in office with Vice President Mike Pence, includes a footnote: "The State Department’s Office of the Chief of Protocol did not submit the request for data to all reporting agencies prior to January 20, 2021 (at which time there was a change in administrations). In addition, the Executive Office of the President did not, prior to that date, transmit to the Secretary of State a listing of all statements filed during the preceding year, 2020. As a result, the data required to fully compile a complete listing for 2020 is unavailable. The Office of the Chief of Protocol has since made attempts to collect the required data from the current authoritative sources, the National Archives and Records Administration (as to gifts for the President and the First Family) and the General Services Administration (as to gifts for the Vice President and Family and for White House staff), but it has confirmed that potentially relevant records are not available to the State Department’s Office of the Chief of Protocol under applicable access rules for retired records of the Executive Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President."

Alabama's transgender medical care ban

From the Senate bill: "An Act, Relating to public health; to prohibit the performance of a medical procedure or the prescription of medication, upon or to a minor child, that is intended to alter the minor child's gender or delay puberty; to provide for exceptions; to provide for disclosure of certain information concerning students to parents by schools; and to establish criminal penalties for violations; and in connection therewith would have as its purpose or effect the requirement of a new or increased expenditure of local funds within the meaning of Amendment 621 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended by Amendment 890, now appearing as Section 111.05 of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA: Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act."

Walmart's 'bamboo' rayon products

According to the Federal Trade Commission, Walmart "markets and sells textile fiber products throughout the United States on its websites and through brick-and-mortar stores. Defendant manufactures, markets, and sells textile fiber products under its own private labels. Defendant also markets and resells textile products, which it purchases from vendors and/or suppliers (“non-private label products”). In advertisements for textile products marketed and sold on its website, www.walmart.com and www.samsclub.com, Defendant makes or has made various claims concerning the fiber content of those textile products. On the www.walmart.com, and www.samsclub.com websites, Defendant has claimed the textile fiber in retail products it markets and sells is “bamboo.”"

Buena Vista Fire Department audit

An audit of the Buena Vista Fire Department in 2022 reveals more than $96,000 in improper or undocumented reimbursements, citing the now-dismissed treasurer.

Nebraska's failed 'trigger' abortion bill

Nebraska's Legislative Bill 933, "A BILL FOR AN ACT relating to abortion; to amend sections 28-101 and 38-2021, Revised Statutes Cumulative Supplement, 2020; to adopt the Nebraska Human Life Protection Act; to provide a penalty; to provide for severability of provisions as prescribed; to redefine unprofessional conduct; to harmonize provisions; and to repeal the original sections," was unsuccessful in April 2022. It included the provision, "The Nebraska Human Life Protection Act shall become operative only upon the occurrence of one or more of the following events: (1) The United States Supreme Court overrules, in whole or in part, Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), restoring or granting to the State of Nebraska the authority to regulate abortion to the extent set forth in the act."

Michigan's 1931 anti-abortion law

In a 1931 law overridden by Roe v. Wade but still on the books in Michigan, the Michigan Penal Code states: "Any person who shall wilfully administer to any pregnant woman any medicine, drug, substance or thing whatever, or shall employ any instrument or other means whatever, with intent thereby to procure the miscarriage of any such woman, unless the same shall have been necessary to preserve the life of such woman, shall be guilty of a felony, and in case the death of such pregnant woman be thereby produced, the offense shall be deemed manslaughter. In any prosecution under this section, it shall not be necessary for the prosecution to prove that no such necessity existed."

Arkansas district testing shortfalls 2021

This table lists the Arkansas school districts and schools in which the percentage of students tested did not reach 95% in either English or in math.

Bill to legalize cannabis, marijuana

"To decriminalize and deschedule cannabis, to provide for reinvestment in certain persons adversely impacted by the War on Drugs, to provide for expungement of certain cannabis offenses, and for other purposes." "This Act may be cited as the 'Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act' or the 'MORE Act.'"

Emergency motion on blocked voting laws

"Appellants submit this Emergency Motion for Stay of the Pulaski County Circuit Court’s injunction order and request for expedited consideration of this motion. This is an election case. It involves four acts modifying Arkansas’s election regulations that are designed to protect the integrity of the electoral process. Plaintiffs sued before those acts took effect but did not ask for preliminary relief. As a result, those laws have been in effect for nearly a year, and local officials have complied with them. Indeed, multiple local elections have occurred, without the harms Plaintiffs allege, since those laws went into effect. Yet on the eve of the May 2022 primary, Judge Wendell Griffen—applying strict scrutiny to ordinary election rules—permanently enjoined all four acts. Absent an immediate stay, that decision threatens electoral chaos and confusion. Absentee ballots are finalized and ready to be mailed—and, indeed, must be mailed by next week—and in-person voting begins in mere weeks."

Arizona House Bill 2492 on voting requirements

Among the changes to Arizona election law approved in March 2022 is the following: "Except for a form produced by the United States Election Assistance Commission, any application for registration shall be accompanied by satisfactory evidence of citizenship as prescribed in section 16-166, subsection f, and the county recorder or other officer in charge of elections shall reject any application for registration that is not accompanied by satisfactory evidence of citizenship. A county recorder or other officer in charge of elections who knowingly fails to reject an application for registration as prescribed by this subsection is guilty of a class 6 felony. The county recorder or other officer in charge of elections shall send a notice to the applicant as prescribed in Section 16-134, Subsection B. D. Within ten days after receiving an application for registration on a form produced by the united states election assistance commission that is not accompanied by satisfactory evidence of citizenship, the county recorder or other officer in charge of elections shall use all available resources to verify the citizenship status of the applicant."

Utah HB11 on transgender people in sports

Utah's bill, which overcame the governor's veto, is titled "Student eligibility in extracurricular activities," and reads: "This bill addresses student athlete participation in gender-designated sports in the public education system. This bill: defines terms; imposes limits on participation in female sports, by: requiring schools and local education agencies to designate athletic activities by sex; prohibiting a student of the male sex from competing against another school on a team designated for female students; prohibiting certain complaints or investigations based on a school or local education agency maintaining separate athletic activities for female students; and providing for severability; in the alternative if a court invalidates the above policy: conditions student athlete participation in gender-designated sports in the public education system on the student's birth certificate..."

Arkansas Voter Registration Application 2022

Arkansas Voter Registration Application 2022

Utah governor's veto of transgender law

In explaining his veto of a law targeting transgender sports participation, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox writes that it "will likely bankrupt the Utah High School Athletic Association and result in millions of dollars in legal fees for local school districts with no state protection," and adds, "Four kids and only one of them playing girls sports. That’s what all of this is about. Four kids who aren’t dominating or winning trophies or taking scholarships. Four kids who are just trying to find some friends and feel like they are a part of something. Four kids trying to get through each day. Rarely has so much fear and anger been directed at so few. I don’t understand what they are going through or why they feel the way they do. But I want them to live. And all the research shows that even a little acceptance and connection can reduce suicidality significantly. For that reason, as much as any other, I have taken this action in the hope that we can continue to work together and find a better way. If a veto override occurs, I hope we can work to find ways to show these four kids that we love them and they have a place in our state. I recognize the political realities of my decision. Politically, it would be much easier and better for me to simply sign the bill. I have always tried to do what I feel is the right thing regardless of the consequences. Sometimes I don’t get it right, and I do not fault those who disagree with me. But even if you disagree with me, I hope this letter helps you understand the reasons for my decision."

Trump v Clinton, 2016 campaign lawsuit

In a lawsuit against parties including Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee, DNC Services Corporation, Perkins Coie LLC, Michael Sussmann, Marc Elias, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Charles Halliday Dolan Jr., Jake Sullivan, John Podesta, Robert E. Mook, Phillipe Reines, Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson, Peter Fritsch, Nellie Ohr, Bruce Ohr, Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd., Christopher Steele, Igor Danchenko, Neustar Inc., Rodney Joffe, James Comey, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Kevin Clinesmith and Andrew McCabe, Donald Trump argues: "In the run-up to the 2016 Presidential Election, Hillary Clinton and her cohorts orchestrated an unthinkable plot – one that shocks the conscience and is an affront to this nation’s democracy. Acting in concert, the Defendants maliciously conspired to weave a false narrative that their Republican opponent, Donald J. Trump, was colluding with a hostile foreign sovereignty. The actions taken in furtherance of their scheme — falsifying evidence, deceiving law enforcement, and exploiting access to highly-sensitive data sources - are so outrageous, subversive and incendiary that even the events of Watergate pale in comparison. 2. Under the guise of ‘opposition research,’ ‘data analytics,’ and other political stratagems, the Defendants nefariously sought to sway the public’s trust. They worked together with a single, self-serving purpose: to vilify Donald J. Trump. Indeed, their far-reaching conspiracy was designed to cripple Trump’s bid for presidency by fabricating a scandal that would be used to trigger an unfounded federal investigation and ignite a media frenzy. 3. The scheme was conceived, coordinated and carried out by top-level officials at the Clinton Campaign and the DNC — including ‘the candidate’ herself—who attempted to shield her involvement behind a wall of third parties."

Covid-19 school report March 10, 2022

Covid-19 school report March 10, 2022

Robert Snow Capitol riot statement of offense

<p>In a guilty plea reached by a Heber Springs man who encountered police in the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, the statement of offense reads, &quot;Pursuant to Fed. R. Crim. P. 11, the United States of America, by and through its attorney, the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and the defendant, ROBERT THOMAS SNOW, with the concurrence of his attorney, agree and stipulate to the below factual basis for the defendant&rsquo;s guilty plea &mdash; that is, if this case were to proceed to trial, the parties stipulate that the United States could prove the below facts beyond a reasonable doubt.&quot;</p>

South Carolina firing-squad executions

The South Carolina Department of Corrections informed S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson that the department is now able to carry out an execution by firing squad as required by law under S.C. Code 24-3-530. The legislation, which became law on May 14, 2021, makes the electric chair the state’s primary means of execution while giving inmates the option of choosing death by firing squad or lethal injection if those methods are available. The Capital Punishment Facility at Broad River Correctional Institution has been renovated to include the capacity to perform an execution by firing squad. Protocols have been written, and the department is ready to carry out an order of execution by firing squad if the inmate chooses this method.

Washington state abortion act

An act relating to preserving a pregnant individual's ability to access abortion care in Washington state; the Legislature affirms that is the longstanding public policy of this state to promote access to affordable, high quality sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion care, without unnecessary burdens or restrictions on patients or providers. In 1970 Washington was one of the first states to decriminalize abortion before Roe v. Wade; and in 1991 the people of Washington passed Initiative Measure 120, the reproductive privacy act, further protecting access to abortion services.

California abortion rights bill

This bill would require the California Health and Human Services Agency, or an entity designated by the agency, to establish an internet website where the public can find information on abortion services in the state. The bill would require the agency to also develop, implement, and update as necessary, a statewide educational and outreach campaign to inform the public on how to access abortion services in the state. The bill would establish the Abortion Practical Support Fund and would require the commission to administer the Abortion Practical Support Fund for the purpose of providing grants, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to assist pregnant people who are low income or face other financial barriers with access to abortions in California, and for research to support equitable access to abortion.

HR 2116 Hair discrimination act

A BILL To prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s texture or style of hair. This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act of 2021’’ or the ‘‘CROWN Act of 2021’’.

Letter to EchoMail CEO on election audit

In a letter to V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, the CEO of EchoMail, Carolyn Maroney and Jamie Raskin write, "We are writing to request information regarding EchoMail’s participation in an “audit” of the 2020 election in Otero County, New Mexico. The Oversight Committee is investigating the rise of partisan “audits” of the 2020 election results that threaten to undermine the integrity of our election critical infrastructure and perpetuate misinformation about election results. We are deeply concerned about your company’s role in this effort, given your participation in the discredited “audit” in Maricopa County, Arizona, and your personal embrace of election conspiracy theories. The Committee is also alarmed by your company’s involvement in a doorto-door canvass of Otero County voters, which is apparently being conducted by volunteers from a conspiracist group whose leaders aim to “pinpoint” a “list of suspects” for “criminal prosecution,” and called for “arrests,” “prosecutions,” and “firing squads.”

House bill to suspend Russia, Belarus trade

HR 7014, approved overwhelmingly by the U.S. House on March 17, 2022, is "a bill to suspend normal trade relations treatment for the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus, and for other purposes."

Florida election police force bill

A Florida bill on elections creates the Office of Election Crimes and Security: "(1) The Office of Election Crimes and Security is created within the Department of State. The purpose of the office is to aid the Secretary of State in completion of his or her duties under s. 97.012(12) and (15) by: (a) Receiving and reviewing notices and reports generated by government officials or any other person regarding alleged occurrences of election law violations or election irregularities in this state. (b) Initiating independent inquiries and conducting preliminary investigations into allegations of election law violations or election irregularities in this state. (2) The office may review complaints and conduct preliminary investigations into alleged violations of the Florida Election Code or any rule adopted pursuant thereto and any election irregularities. (3) The secretary shall appoint a director of the office. (4) The office shall be based in Tallahassee and shall employ nonsworn investigators to conduct any investigations. The positions and resources necessary for the office to accomplish its duties shall be established through and subject to the legislative appropriations process. (5) The office shall oversee the department’s voter fraud hotline."

Florida House bill amending abortion law

A Florida bill headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis changes the law to say that a physician may not perform an abortion if the physician determines the gestational age of the fetus is more than 15 weeks. The previous law blocked a physician from performing an abortion if the woman was in the third trimester of pregnancy, or six months or more into the pregnancy.

Letter notifying Kimberly Guilfoyle of subpoena

The January 6th House Select Committee letter to Kimberly Guilfoyle, fiancee of Donald Trump Jr., compelling her to produce documents involved in the 2021 insurrection at the Capitol in Washington.

Veterans burn pits legislation

H.R. 2436: To amend title 38, United States Code, to concede exposure to airborne hazards and toxins from burn pits under certain circumstances, and for other purposes. This Act may be cited as the "Veterans Burn Pits Exposure Recognition Act of 2021."

Jan. 6 panel accuses Trump of criminal conspiracy

"The Select Committee also has a good-faith basis for concluding that the President and members of his Campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371," a filing from the House Select Committee on January 6 states, adding, "The evidence supports an inference that President Trump, Plaintiff, and several others entered into an agreement to defraud the United States by interfering with the election certification process, disseminating false information about election fraud, and pressuring state officials to alter state election results and federal officials to assist in that effort. As noted above, in particular, the President and Plaintiff worked jointly to attempt to persuade the Vice President to use his position on January 6, 2021, to reject certified electoral slates submitted by certain States and/or to delay the proceedings by sending the count back to the States. Plaintiff first crafted a “plan” to justify this course of action. Plaintiff and the President then met and spoke with the Vice President and members of his staff on several occasions on January 4-6 in an attempt to execute Plaintiff’s plan. Plaintiff continued these efforts to persuade the Vice President via ongoing conversations with the Vice President’s staff, and the President employed numerous public statements to exert additional pressure on Pence. The evidence developed to date indicates that these actions were all part of a concerted effort to achieve a common goal: to prevent or delay the certification of the 2020 presidential election results."

Mark Leverett to Lance Hines

Little Rock District Judge Mark Leverett, in an email to Vice Mayor Lance Hines but addressed to the entire Little Rock Board of Directors, takes issue with Hines' dismissal of violence-intervention programs as "hug-a-thug."

Monthly report from the Central Arkansas Library System's executive director

Monthly report from the Central Arkansas Library System's executive director

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Mehta ruling on Trump Jan. 6 lawsuit

"Having considered the President’s January 6 Rally Speech in its entirety and in context, the court concludes that the President’s statements that, “[W]e fight. We fight like hell and if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore,” and “[W]e’re going to try to and give [weak Republicans] the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country,” immediately before exhorting rally-goers to “walk down Pennsylvania Avenue,” are plausibly words of incitement not protected by the First Amendment. It is plausible that those words were implicitly “directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and [were] likely to produce such action.”"

Arkansas Supreme Court sovereign immunity ruling

Justice Karen Baker writes: "Appellee, the League of Women Voters of Arkansas and Arkansas United, Dortha Dunlap, Leon Kaplan, Nell Matthews Mock, Jeffery Rust, and Patsy Watkins (“the League”) filed suit against appellants John Thurston, in his official capacity as the Secretary of State of the State of Arkansas; and Sharon Brooks, Bilenda Harris-Ritter, William Luther, Charles Roberts, James Sharp, and J. Harmon Smith, in their official capacities as members of the Arkansas State Board of Election Commissioners (“Thurston”) alleging that four acts passed by the 93rd Session of the Arkansas General Assembly were unconstitutional––Act 736, Act 973, Act 249, and Act 728. The League refers to the acts as the “Absentee Application Signature Match Requirement,” the “In-Person Ballot Receipt Deadline,” the “Voter ID Affidavit Prohibition,” and the “Voter Support Ban,” respectively. Thurston moved to dismiss based on sovereign immunity. The circuit court denied the motion."

District judge ruling in House redistricting case

Lee Rudofsky writes, "The Plaintiffs are the Arkansas State Conference NAACP (“the Arkansas NAACP”) and the Arkansas Public Policy Panel (“the Panel”). The Defendants are the Arkansas Board of Apportionment (“the Board”), the Board’s three members, and the State of Arkansas. The Board’s three members—who are sued in their official capacities only—are Governor Asa Hutchinson, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, and Secretary of State John Thurston. The sole claim alleged in the Complaint is that the 2021 reapportionment plan for the Arkansas House of Representatives (“the Board Plan”), which was approved by the Board, “dilutes Black voting strength in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act." Rudofsky then finds the plaintiffs lack standing: "After a thorough analysis of the text and structure of the Voting Rights Act, and a painstaking journey through relevant caselaw, the Court has concluded that this case may be brought only by the Attorney General of the United States. Before dismissing this case, however, the Court will give the United States five calendar days from the date of this Order to join the case as a plaintiff. If the United States chooses to become a plaintiff in this case, it is the Court’s intention to move expeditiously to a final merits determination."

Biden Trudeau Hutchinson trucker mandate

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is among the U.S. governors (and two Canadian premiers) who signed a letter urging U.S. President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to "immediately reinstate the vaccine and quarantine exemptions available to cross border truck drivers," as a truckers protest in Ottawa, Ontario, over covid-19 vaccine mandates (coronavirus) stretched into its third week.

Little Rock Violence Reduction Act 2022

The Little Rock Board of Directors' February 2022 resolution is titled, "A resolution to authorize the city manager to enter into a contracts with ten organizations, to provide community violence reduction services and activities to the residents of little rock in an effort to reduce community violence and increase public safety; and for other purposes."

Arkansas public schools annual statistical report

The Arkansas Department of Education's Annual Statistical report for 2020-2021 recaps budgets for public and charter schools.

Analyses on Arkansas' schools covid pandemic impac

Schools in Arkansas closed for in-person instruction March 17, 2020 by order of Governor Hutchinson. The temporary closure was expended to April 17 on March 19, 2020 and extended for the remainder of the school year on April 6 of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic emergency. During the in-person closure schools were instructed to follow their approved Alternate Means of Instruction plans and to focus on essential standards already covered during the school year. During the summer of 2020 the Arkansas Department of Education, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education released information for districts to submit Arkansas Ready to Learn plans to ensure continuity of learning during the 2020-21 school year (henceforth referred to as 2021school year) in the event of further outbreaks. Districts were required to offer, at a minimum, 5 days of in-person instruction for families opting for it. In addition, districts could submit plans to offer fully virtual and/or hybrid options (in-person and virtual) for families.

5th Circuit order upholds block on vaccine mandate

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled 2-1 Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, to maintain a block on the federal employee coronavirus vaccine mandate that a Texas-based federal judge had issued on Jan. 21. The administration had asked the New Orleans court for an injunction allowing the federal worker covid vaccine mandate to move forward pending appeal.

111 Arkansas schools get ACT Aspire waivers

Arkansas gave waivers to 111 school districts in which 95% of students did not take the ACT Aspire exam at the end of the 2020-2021 school year.

Judge blocks climate damage estimate

In a ruling on the Biden's administration's efforts to increase the projected cost of carbon, the court writes, "To be clear, the Court is ruling only on the actions of the federal agencies and whether the agencies, by implementing the estimates and considering global effects — violate the APA and whether President Biden upon signing EO 13990, violated the separations of powers clause of the United States Constitution. The Court has the authority to enjoin federal agencies from implementing a rule—mandated by an executive order or not— that violates the APA or violates the separation of powers clause. Importantly, the Court is not opining as to the scientific issues regarding greenhouse gas emissions, their effects on the environment, or whether they contribute to global warming."

Leana Houston on public defenders' caseloads

Leana Houston, chief deputy in the 4th Judicial District public defender's office, writes a letter explaining the problems of the office's increasing caseload.

Mayor Frank Scott Jr. travel records

Records detail Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr.'s travel expenses to Washington, D.C., in late 2021 and early 2022.

NCSC assessment of Washington County courts

"The Washington County Quorum Court sought information to better understand the nature and dynamic of the offender population, its propensity to grow and change in the future, and how they affect the planning elements within the criminal justice system. National Center for State Courts experts worked closely with Washington County officials to determine the best approach for this study and utilized a mixed-methods approach that combined primary data collected through onsite observation and interviews and secondary data including literature reviews and existing organizational and administrative data. Quantitative custody and court data were employed to develop a statistically valid time series forecast."

DHS clears Empower Healthcare Solutions

Per the Arkansas Department of Human Services' Division of Medical Services, "Empower Healthcare Solutions has fulfilled all of the requirements within the stipulated timeframes. DHS has determined that these requirements were met and has finalized the formal readiness review. DHS will continue to monitor Empower and will hold regular meetings with Empower for enhanced monitoring. Effective February 1, 2022, DHS will cease daily payment reviews with the [Provider-Led Arkansas Shared Savings Entity]. On February 7, 2022, auto assignments to the PASSE will resume."

Henderson State chancellor's letter

Chancellor Chuck Ambrose, in February 2022, announces that he is proposing a "situation of financial exigency" for the campus, citing a projected cash shortfall of $12.5 million between the time of the letter and June 30, 2022. "Our current long-term debt has grown from $14 million to $78 million, requiring annual debt service payments of $6.9 million. We have no funds available in financial reserves, including a $6 million loan from the State of Arkansas. Effective on February 28, 2022, each employee on our campus, with the exception of those who are not funded by state funds, will have to take one furlough day per week. We are also implementing immediate salary reductions for certain academic administrators on our campus. As we attempt to redefine the scope and role of HSU as an institution of higher education, we are going to make changes to our management structure to ensure that our resources are allocated appropriately. Sadly, this process will ultimately involve program elimination and a reallocation of resources into the programs that best serve our students and community."

Henderson State financial presentation

A PowerPoint presentation for Henderson State University focuses on "Financial Exigency," saying the Arkadelphia university will immediately begin the process of declaring it: "The 2016 Faculty Handbook provides that “[a] financial exigency will be certified when a unit (college or school) of the University or the University itself is threatened by a financial crisis that cannot be ameliorated by means less drastic than the reduction or elimination of programs which results in the termination of personnel. The financial exigency process can include the elimination or reduction of academic programs and noninstructional programs. It is distinct from and implemented on a much faster timeline than program reduction or elimination undertaken as part of a formal academic planning exercise."

Rutledge's response to Carpenter's FOI request

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge responds to the Little Rock city attorney's request for an opinion on the Freedom of Information Act request involving Police Chief Keith Humphrey.

Carpenter's FOI letter to Rutledge

The Little Rock city attorney writes to Attorney General Leslie Rutledge for her opinion on a Freedom of Information Act issue involving Police Chief Keith Humphrey.

Biden health insurance numbers

In a Jan. 27, 2022, statement, President Joe Biden said, "Health care should be a right, not a privilege, for all Americans. And one year into my Administration, we are making that right a reality for a record number of people — bringing down costs and increasing access for families across the country. Today, I am proud to announce that since November 1st, 14.5 million Americans have signed up for quality, affordable health coverage, including more than 10 million who enrolled through HealthCare.gov — the highest numbers ever produced in an open enrollment period. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that one in seven uninsured Americans got covered between the end of 2020 and September 2021, with lower-income Americans gaining coverage at the highest rate."

Virginia AG's opinion on vaccines at colleges

Jason S. Miyares, the newly elected attorney general of Virginia, issued his first legal opinion on January 28, 2022, on whether state universities could require covid-19 vaccines. In his opinion, he writes, "With regard to immunizations, the General Assembly has made clear the immunizations that are required for a student to enroll in an institution of higher education. Under § 23.1-800 of the Code of Virginia, “each student shall be immunized by vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles (rubeola), German measles (rubella), and mumps” prior to enrollment “for the first time in any baccalaureate public institution of higher education.” Students may not register for a second semester or quarter until they have furnished “documented evidence, provided by a licensed health professional or health facility, of the diseases for which [they] ha[ve] been immunized.” Under long-established law, “[w]hen faced with a choice between a specific and general statute, the former is controlling.” Thus, when determining what immunizations a university may require its students to receive," the more specific statute governing student vaccination takes precedence over the more general authority.

Desegregation judge order on legal fees

"The Pulaski County Special School District and the McClendon Intervenors tried to resolve the attorney's fees issue, as the Court requested, but were unable to do so. The Court appreciates those efforts. (The Court has ignored the snippets of the parties' negotiations that made it into the record.) The Intervenors have amended their fee motion twice, which has complicated the Court's review. PCSSD's motion to strike those amended papers, however, is denied. The District's helpful charts and comprehensive analysis of the original request have helped the Court sort the updated materials. Out-of-pocket expenses are undisputed. The Court directs reimbursement of the $5,968.75 incurred. The Court also awards a reasonable attorney's fee of $319,129.38. The total is $325,098.13."

CALS director's report on tax-cut request

Nate Coulter, executive director of the Central Arkansas Library System, writes, "During the fall campaign we told voters that if they would increase their property taxes for operating the library we could come back in 2022 with another proposal to lower their taxes dedicated to capital improvements. To honor that commitment we want to ask the city to put the capital millage on the regular primary ballot in May. This will be less expensive for the library and less controversial for the city board than another special election sometime later in 2022. To be on the May 24 ballot we need to present our petition to the city board by early March. The law requires 70 days’ notice to the election commission which would be March 15. Waiting until the February 24 meeting would be cutting it close so I would like to proceed this week with getting authority to start circulating a petition seeking a reduction of 0.5 mills in the capital millage collected in Little Rock from its current 1.8 mills to 1.3 mills."

GAO review of Health and Human Services covid response

In a report on the government's response to the coronavirus, or covid-19, crisis, "the Government Accountability Office makes five new recommendations in the areas of emergency rental assistance, nutrition assistance, and tax relief for businesses. GAO is also designating the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) leadership and coordination of a range of public health emergencies as high risk. This designation is in keeping with long-standing efforts to identify federal programs needing transformation, and to help ensure sustained executive branch and congressional attention so the nation is prepared for future emergencies."

Defense Secretary Austin civilian casualty memo

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin writes, "The protection of civilians is fundamentally consistent with the effective, efficient, and decisive use of force in pursuit of U.S. national interests, and our efforts to mitigate and respond to civilian harm are a direct reflection of U.S. values."

Judge tosses vaccine mandate for federal employees

On President Joe Biden's mandate that federal employees get a coronavirus vaccine, "The court is cognizant of the “equitable and constitutional questions raised by the rise of nationwide injunctions.” Dep’t of Homeland Sec. v. New York, 140 S. Ct. 599, 601 (2020) (Gorsuch, J., concurring); see also Trump v. Hawaii, 138 S. Ct. 2393, 2428–29 (2018) (Thomas, J., concurring). But it does not seem that tailoring relief is practical in this case. The lead plaintiff, Feds for Medical Freedom, has more than 6,000 members spread across every state and in nearly every federal agency, and is actively adding new members. The court fears that “limiting the relief to only those before [it] would prove unwieldy and would only cause more confusion.” Georgia, 2021 WL 5779939, at *12. So, “on the unique facts before it,” the court believes the best course is “to issue an injunction with nationwide applicability.”"

Texas AG denies Public Information Act violations

Austin Kinghorn, writing as general counsel to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, rejects claims that the office violated the state's Public Information Act in a letter that was provided to the Texas Tribune.

Arizona Democratic Party censures Sinema

In a statement, Raquel Teran explains the decision by the Arizona Democratic Party to censure Sen. Sinema for not voting to end the filibuster on a voting-rights bill, saying that the decision was a consequence of Sinema's "failure to do whatever it takes to ensure the health of our democracy."

Superseding agreement in Simon Ang case

The superseding agreement in the case of former University of Arkansas, Fayetteville employee Simon Ang.

Plea agreement in Simon Ang case

The plea agreement in the case of former University of Arkansas, Fayetteville employee Simon Ang.

Gang Chen China case dismissed

Statement from U.S. Attorney Rachael S. Rollins on the Dismissal of the Gang Chen Case: “Today’s dismissal of the criminal charges against Gang Chen is a result of our continued investigation into this matter. Through that effort, we recently obtained additional information pertaining to the materiality of Professor Chen’s alleged omissions in the context of the grant review process at issue in this case. After a careful assessment of this new information in the context of all the evidence, our office has concluded that we can no longer meet our burden of proof at trial. As prosecutors, we have an obligation in every matter we pursue to continually examine the facts while being open to receiving and uncovering new information. We understand that our charging decisions deeply impact people’s lives. As United States Attorney, I will always encourage the prosecutors in our office to engage in this type of rigorous and continued review at every stage of a proceeding. Today’s dismissal is a result of that process and is in the interests of justice.”

Jan. 6 Committee letter to Ivanka Trump

In a letter dated January 20, 2022, the Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol contacted Ivanka Trump to ask for her voluntary cooperation with questions about the actions on that day by her father, then-President Donald Trump.

Federal Reserve's "Age of Digital Transformation"

From the Federal Reserve's report, "Money and Payments: The U.S. Dollar in the Age of Digital Transformation, January 2022": "This paper is the first step in a public discussion between the Federal Reserve and stakeholders about central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). For the purpose of this paper, a CBDC is defined as a digital liability of a central bank that is widely available to the general public. In this respect, it is analogous to a digital form of paper money. The paper has been designed to foster a broad and transparent public dialogue about CBDCs in general, and about the potential benefits and risks of a U.S. CBDC. The paper is not intended to advance any specific policy outcome, nor is it intended to signal that the Federal Reserve will make any imminent decisions about the appropriateness of issuing a U.S. CBDC."

Supreme Court ruling in Trump v Thompson

"The application for stay of mandate and injunction pending review presented to THE CHIEF JUSTICE and by him referred to the Court is denied. The questions whether and in what circumstances a former President may obtain a court order preventing disclosure of privileged records from his tenure in office, in the face of a determination by the incumbent President to waive the privilege, are unprecedented and raise serious and substantial concerns. The Court of Appeals, however, had no occasion to decide these questions because it analyzed and rejected President Trump’s privilege claims “under any of the tests [he] advocated,” Trump v. Thompson, 20 F. 4th 10, 33 (CADC 2021), without regard to his status as a former President, id., at 40–46. Because the Court of Appeals concluded that President Trump’s claims would have failed even if he were the incumbent, his status as a former President necessarily made no difference to the court’s decision."

Virginia bill on "Lincoln-Douglass" debate

Virginia House Bill No. 781, filed in 2022, includes Section B, which confuses Democratic Party Sen. Stephen Douglas with American abolitionist Frederick Douglass: "B. The Board shall, in furtherance of the citizens skills portion of the 5 C's in the Profile of a Virginia Graduate, incorporate into each relevant Standard of Learning and associated curriculum framework a requirement that each student demonstrate the understanding of: 1. The fundamental moral, political, and intellectual foundations of the American experiment in self-government, as well as the history, qualities, traditions, and features of civic engagement in the United States; 2. The structure, function, and processes of government institutions at the federal, state, and local levels; and 3. The founding documents of the United States, including the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the Federalist Papers, including Essays 10 and 51, excerpts from Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, the first debate between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, and the writings of the Founding Fathers of the United States."

Statement on Petito-Laundrie Incident

"After a formal complaint was filed with the Moab [Utah] City Police Department, an independent law enforcement agency has completed a thorough review of the August 12, 2021 domestic violence incident involving Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie. The independent agency’s investigative report finds that the officers who responded to the incident made several unintentional mistakes that stemmed from the fact that officers failed to cite Ms. Petito for domestic violence. The City acknowledges that this finding may raise questions, and the issue is examined extensively in the investigative report."

Supreme Court's ruling on vaccine mandate for larger businesses

The Supreme Court, considering a vaccine mandate, rules, "Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly. Requiring the vaccination of 84 million Americans, selected simply because they work for employers with more than 100 employees, certainly falls in the latter category."

Jan. 6 Committee letters to social media CEOs

"Pursuant to the authorities set forth in House Resolution 503 and the rules of the House of Representatives, the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol (“Select Committee”) hereby transmits a subpoena" to social media firms including YouTube/Google parent Alphabet, Facebook parent Meta, and Twitter and Reddit.

Tooti Tooti symmetry math exercise

A $25,000 prize for developing an innovative math lesson plan has been awarded to Chaim Goodman-Strauss, a math professor at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. In the activities, envelopes are used to create planar patterns with four kinds of 2-fold rotational symmetries, a symmetry called 2222, or Tooti Tooti. "This lesson is just one example of a wider mathematical phenomenon: every planar symmetry has a kind of “envelope” associated with it, and we can learn mathematical facts about symmetry by studying these."

GOP responses to January 6, 2021, anniversary

In statements released on Jan. 6, 2022, former President Donald Trump, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Sen. Mitt Romney, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Rep. Tom Rice and former Vice President Dick Cheney react to the anniversary of Jan. 6, 2021, and to the speech by President Joe Biden.

January 6 Committee filing opposing Trump filing

"Based on a straightforward application of this Court’s precedents, the court of appeals rejected a challenge by Petitioner, former President Donald J. Trump, to a request for certain Presidential records from the House of Representatives Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. The Select Committee is charged with investigating an unprecedented attack on Congress itself and a disruption of the peaceful transfer of Presidential power. This investigation will lead to specific legislative recommendations designed to prevent any future attacks on the democratic institutions of our Republic."

2021 Port Infrastructure Development Program grants

Among the awards given out by Pete Buttigieg's Department of Transportation are this one: "Port of Little Rock Mooring Upgrade Project (awarded $3,079,845): The project will restore and expand the port’s current barge fleeting capacity on the Arkansas River, which is part of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigational System (MKARNS). The project will replace fifteen unsafe deadman ground anchors that are near the end of their useful lives with steel monopile dolphins. It will install an additional thirty-two dolphins in other locations."

Trump appeal to Supreme Court

Donald Trump's filing in Trump v. Thompson states: "The United States House of Representatives’ Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol issued a “sweeping” request, seeking many of President Trump’s confidential presidential records. The request implicates important constitutional and statutory concerns arising from the Presidential Records Act, separation of powers, and executive privilege. Nevertheless, the Biden Administration now seeks to produce those records to the Committee, and will do so, absent court intervention. The question presented is: Whether the Committee’s records request violates the Constitution or laws of the United States entitling President Trump to a preliminary injunction prohibiting production of the records to the Committee."

Jen Psaki's response to Joe Manchin

Press Secretary Jen Psaki writes, "Senator Manchin’s comments this morning on FOX are at odds with his discussions this week with the President, with White House staff, and with his own public utterances. Weeks ago, Senator Manchin committed to the President, at his home in Wilmington, to support the Build Back Better framework that the President then subsequently announced. Senator Manchin pledged repeatedly to negotiate on finalizing that framework “in good faith.” ... Just as Senator Manchin reversed his position on Build Back Better this morning, we will continue to press him to see if he will reverse his position yet again, to honor his prior commitments and be true to his word. In the meantime, Senator Manchin will have to explain to those families paying $1,000 a month for insulin why they need to keep paying that, instead of $35 for that vital medicine."

Loretta Cochran resignation October 2021

Loretta Cochran resigns from the position of Little Rock Labor Relations Analyst II, EEO investigator, effective October 29, 2021.

Arkansas revenue forecast December 2021

From the state Department of Finance and Administration: "In response to tax changes passed in the Second Extraordinary Session of 2021, I am providing a revised Official General Revenue Forecast for planning purposes for the 2021–2023 Biennium and Fiscal Years 2024 and 2025 in the next biennium. The tax changes from the extraordinary session begin on January 1, 2022 with estimated reductions in general revenue of -$135.25 million in FY 2022, -$307.40 million in FY 2023, -$383.2 million in FY 2024, -$459.00 million in FY 2025, and -$497.90 million in FY 2026."

Newsom statement on SCOTUS abortion decision

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom on Dec. 11, 2021, issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court Decision allowing Texasʼs ban on most abortion services to remain in place: “I am outraged by yesterdayʼs U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing Texasʼs ban on most abortion services to remain in place, and largely endorsing Texasʼs scheme to insulate its law from the fundamental protections of Roe v. Wade. But if states can now shield their laws from review by the federal courts that compare assault weapons to Swiss Army knives, then California will use that authority to protect peopleʼs lives, where Texas used it to put women in harmʼs way. I have directed my staff to work with the Legislature and the Attorney General on a bill that would create a right of action allowing private citizens to seek injunctive relief, and statutory damages of at least $10,000 per violation plus costs and attorneyʼs fees, against anyone who manufactures, distributes, or sells an assault weapon or ghost gun kit or parts in the State of California. If the most efficient way to keep these devastating weapons off our streets is to add the threat of private lawsuits, we should do just that.”

2020 presidential election voter fraud PowerPoint

A PowerPoint presentation, which is similar but not identical to the one presented to the committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, contains talking points: "1. The Chinese systematically gained control over our election system constituting a national security emergency. 2. The electronic voting machines were compromised and cannot be trusted to provide an accurate vote count. 3. To restore confidence the “failsafe” of counting the paper ballots must be used to determine who won the election for President, Senators, Congressional Representatives. 4. Hand counts reported by the media are not really hand counts and easily subverted." In addition, the presentation argues, "China has leveraged financial, non-governmental and foreign allies including Venezuela to acquire INFLUENCE and CONTROL US Voting Infrastructure in at least 28 States," and "Critical Infrastructure control utilized as part of ongoing globalist/socialist operation to subvert the will of United States Voters and install a China ally," meaning Joe Biden.

Larger Jacksonville Middle School requested

In this court filing requesting new classrooms, "Jacksonville North Pulaski School District by and through its attorney, Scott P. Richardson, McDaniel, Wolff & Benca, PLLC, and states for its Motion for Approval of Middle School Construction: 1. JNPSD completed construction of the new Jacksonville Middle School this summer. When the middle school planning started, in the 2015-16 school year, middle school enrollment stood at about 700 scholars. JNPSD anticipated approximately 15% growth at the middle school over the ensuing ten years. Had that grown at that rate, there would have been about 811 scholars enrolled at the middle school in the 2025-26 school year."

Jan. 6 committee subpoenas 6 people

The House Committee investigation the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol has issued subpoenas to Robert “Bobby” Peede Jr., a former director of the White House advance team; Max Miller, a former Trump White House aide; Brian Jack, Trump’s former political affairs director, who reached out to several members of Congress to ask them to speak at the Jan. 6 rally; Bryan Lewis, who obtained the permit for the event to “urge Congress to nullify electoral votes from states that made illegal changes to voting rules during their elections;” Ed Martin, an organizer of the Stop the Steal movement; and Kimberly Fletcher and her organization, Moms For America.

Little Rock Superintendent Poore's retirement letter

In announcing his intent to retire at the end of the 2021-22 school year, Little Rock School District Superintendent Mike Poore writes, "Dear LRSD Family, When you write a letter such as this and start with the word "family," you quickly realize it might just be something kind of big. Family is how I think of all that are tied to LRSD. We have cried together, gotten upset with each other, then hugged and made up. We have celebrated so many accomplishments. I hope we have all had fun as we worked each day to improve the lives of the students we serve. We, the family, are the staff of LRSD, we are the students of LRSD, we are the parents of LRSD, and we are the business and the faith-based community of LRSD. The family is some kind of good, and I am blessed to be a part of each of you. This letter is to share my intent to retire at the end of this contract. I am not running from this school district, but instead running to my family. I have a grandbaby who needs to see me regularly (maybe it is her Pappy who needs to see her), I want to take part in my kids' adult life in a more meaningful way, and I want to run to my parents and join in their activities. Finally, I want something different for me and Marianne. It takes a great deal of sacrifice to be married to a guy like me. Marianne and I want to go and do!"

List of journalists killed, jailed in 2021

The International Federation of Journalists releases its 2021 Killed List, in which fewer journalists were killed than in 2020, but 136 more journalists have been imprisoned.

Trump v Thompson case on release of records

Justices with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a hearing over the release of Donald Trump's documents on the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection, write, "Former President Trump has not shown that he is entitled to a preliminary injunction. We do not come to that conclusion lightly. The confidentiality of presidential communications is critical to the effective functioning of the Presidency for the reasons that former President Trump presses, and his effort to vindicate that interest is itself a right of constitutional import. But our Constitution divides, checks, and balances power to preserve democracy and to ensure liberty. For that reason, the executive privilege for presidential communications is a qualified one that Mr. Trump agrees must give way when necessary to protect overriding interests."

Arkansas School Boards Association proposal to leave national group

Tony Prothro, executive director of the Arkansas School Boards Association, writes, "Due to ongoing issues, ASBA did not pay its dues on July 1, 2021 to NSBA and has not paid those dues to date. At its next meeting, the ASBA board of directors will vote on the continued membership with NSBA. On December 8, school district delegates from each school district in Arkansas will be asked to vote on amendments that will decide any future affiliation with NSBA in relation to the ASBA bylaws."

NSBA apologizes for Biden letter October 2021

The National School Boards Association writes, "As you all know, there has been extensive media and other attention recently around our letter to President Biden regarding threats and acts of violence against school board members. We wanted to write to you directly to address this matter. On behalf of NSBA, we regret and apologize for the letter. To be clear, the safety of school board members, other public school officials and educators, and students is our top priority, and there remains important work to be done on this issue. However, there was no justification for some of the language included in the letter. We should have had a better process in place to allow for consultation on a communication of this significance. We apologize also for the strain and stress this situation has caused you and your organizations."

NSBA letter to Biden 2021

In a letter to President Joe Biden, the National School Boards Association writes, "America’s public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threat," asking for "federal law enforcement and other assistance to deal with the growing number of threats of violence and acts of intimidation occurring across the nation." The NSBA later had to apologize after also writing, "As these acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials have increased, the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes."

UA Drug, Alcohol Amnesty Policy 2021

The University of Arkansas is committed to the safety and welfare of its students. It is critical for the safety of the campus community that students immediately call for help when they are faced with an alcohol- or drug-related emergency that requires immediate medical intervention for themselves or others. To encourage students to seek emergency medical care in these situations, the University has instituted this Amnesty protocol.

Goldman Recycling warehouse fire report

The Little Rock Fire Department has released a report on the fire at Goldman Recycling, 1701 East 14th Street, on Sept. 21, 2021.

[DOCUMENT: Letter from state AG's office to Medicaid officials

This is the letter from the Arkansas Attorney General's office to state Medicaid officials regarding its Medicaid fraud investigation into Empower.

DHS Letter to Empower Members

DHS Letter to Empower Members

Letter from state Inspector General's office

This is a letter from the Arkansas Inspector General's office to state Medicaid officials regarding the fraud investigation into Empower.

Summary of 2021 Tax Bill

Department of Finance and Administration summary of the 2021 income tax bill

NIH letter to Rep. James Comer 10-2021

Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak writes to U.S. Rep. James Comer to review the National Institutes of Health's grant to EcoHealth Alliance, Inc., in a letter shared by Republicans as evidence that Dr. Anthony Fauci lied about not funding gain-of-function research. Supporters, however, say the issue is that EcoHealth Alliance did not report its findings on bat coronaviruses circulating in China.

Report on tanker hitting Louisiana oil platform

The National Transportation Safety Board report starts: "On October 17, 2020, at 0446 local time, the tanker Atina with a crew of 21 was attempting to anchor in the Southwest Pass Fairway Anchorage in the Gulf of Mexico, about 21.5 miles from Pilottown, Louisiana, when it struck the manned oil and gas production platform SP-57B.1 The platform’s four crewmembers and one technician evacuated to a nearby platform by helicopter after activating the emergency shutdown device to shut in wells to the SP-57B platform. No pollution or injuries were reported. Estimated damages to the platform ($72.3 million) and vessel ($598,400) totaled $72.9 million."

2021 report on oil, gas leasing program

"This report responds to Executive Order 14008, "Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad," which directed the Department of the Interior (DOI) to conduct a review of Federal oil and gas leasing and permitting practices. This report considers both onshore and offshore oil and gas leasing programs in light of the Secretary of the Interior’s broad stewardship responsibilities over public lands and Federal offshore waters."

Panel comments on legislative redistricting 2021

The Arkansas Public Policy Panel and the Arkansas Citizens First Congress report says, "Arkansas’ Board of Apportionment proposed new district boundaries for the Arkansas House and Senate on October 30, 2021. Analysis of the proposal, based on the criteria that governs Arkansas’ redistricting process, found that the proposed maps ignore most of the required criteria for redistricting at almost every turn. The proposed district lines are politically and racially gerrymandered. They divide communities unnecessarily to serve political ends and marginalize the ability of racial and ethnic groups to influence the outcome of elections."

Boris Johnson's letter to France's Macron

In a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson formally requests "making urgent progress towards one of my previous proposals by establishing joint patrols" on human trafficking.

LR Parks and Recreation director's letter of resignation

The resignation letter of John Eckart, director of Little Rock's Parks and Recreation department

Federal Reserve minutes November 2021

A joint meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System was held in the offices of the Board of Governors on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. and continued on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at 9:00 a.m.

Florida covid immunity law 20211122

A law in Florida specifies that "a private employer may not impose a covid-19 vaccination mandate for any full-time, part-time, or contract employee without providing individual exemptions that allow an employee to opt out of such requirement on the basis of medical reasons, including, but not limited to, pregnancy or anticipated pregnancy; religious reasons; COVID-19 immunity; periodic testing; and the use of employer-provided personal protective equipment."

Natural Immunity Is Real Act 20211122

From Senate Bill 2846: "This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Natural Immunity Is 5 Real Act’’. Pursuant to any regulation promulgated by a Federal agency and related to the public health emergency declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247d) with respect to COVID–19, the applicable agency shall acknowledge, accept, agree to truthfully present, and incorporate, the consideration of natural immunity as it pertains to COVID–19 with respect to the individuals subject to the applicable regulations. For purposes of this section, the term ‘‘natural immunity’’ means immunity that is naturally existing."

Clinton Foundation tax forms 2020

The Clinton Family Foundation's Form 990 and extension shows the organization's tax filings for the 2020 tax year.

Clinton Foundation auditor report 12-31-2020

An independent auditor's report reviews the financial statements of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation for 2020.

Arkansas income tax bill 2021

A proposed Arkansas income tax bill would, among other things, reduce the tax tables from three to two by combining the lower and middle tables.

Interior Department guideline on 'squaw'

In an order from Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, "The term “squaw” is hereby declared to be derogatory, and all existing Federal geographic names using the term will be treated in accordance with the BGN’s Policy V: Derogatory and Offensive Names."

Catholic Bishops communion document 20211117

Although the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops did not mention abortion or the presidency in their document on communion, they wrote, "It is the role of the laity in particular to transform social relations in accord with the love of Christ, which is carried out concretely in actions that work for the objective common good. Lay people, 'conscious of their call to holiness by virtue of their baptismal vocation, have to act as leaven in the dough to build up a temporal city in keeping with God's project. [Consistency] between faith and life in the political, economic, and social realm[s] requires formation of conscience, which translates into knowing the Church?s social doctrine.' Lay people who exercise some form of public authority have a special responsibility to form their consciences in accord with the Church's faith and the moral law, and to serve the human family by upholding human life and dignity."

Little Rock ordinance on city manager 20211115

A proposed Little Rock ordinance specifies, "Prior to the settlement of any litigation in which the City, or an employee or other person hired by the City, is a party, the City Attorney or his authorized representative, shall have informed each member of the Board of Directors, including the Mayor, of the nature of the litigation, the nature of any proposed settlement, and the right to discuss potential settlement in a public meeting; provided, that all such determinations shall be conducted in accordance with the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act."

Blackshire estate letter 20211114

While the Blackshire family was very troubled by this late-coming request and we were initially inclined to increase our demand, we are willing to continue making progress in these discussions in good faith. In light of these new developments and the latest offer extended by the City, we will reduce our demand to $635,000, inclusive of fees and costs.

Glasgow Climate Pact 20211113

The Glasgow Climate Pact begins, "Recognizing the role of multilateralism in addressing climate change and promoting regional and international cooperation in order to strengthen climate action in the context of sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty, Acknowledging the devastating impacts of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic and the importance of ensuring a sustainable, resilient and inclusive global recovery, showing solidarity particularly with developing country Parties, Also acknowledging that climate change is a common concern of humankind, Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health, the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children, persons with disabilities and people in vulnerable situations and the right to development, as well as gender equality, empowerment of women and intergenerational equity..."

Amended complaint in Terry House case 20211113

The Plaintiffs, Susan Terry Borné, Elizabeth Terry Foti, Mary Catherine Drennan, Leonard John Drennan III, Margaret Yatsevitch and Michael Yatsevitch, as and on behalf of the heirs of Adolphine Fletcher Terry and Mary Fletcher Drennan, both deceased, and for their cause of action against the Defendants, City of Little Rock, Arkansas, the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, formerly known as the Arkansas Arts Center, and the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts Foundation, formerly known as the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation.

'After Action Report' I-40 bridge recommendations

The Arkansas Department of Transportation’s Human Resources Division continued a review of the personnel involved in the Bridge’s inspection beginning in 2014, as well as a review of ARDOT’s overall Heavy Bridge Maintenance Inspection Program (HBM Program) policies and procedures. ARDOT’s investigator was given full authority and reported directly to the Director. The results of the investigation are given in this document.

Analysis suggests cause of I-40 bridge crack

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT), joint owners of the Interstate 40 bridge, assembled a team of consultants and a contractor to inspect and repair the bridge. Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. was retained to complete the forensic investigation of the fracture.

Final report on I-40 bridge fracture

The ARDOT Bridge Inspection Program Assessment Final Report documents improvement opportunity recommendations, supporting discussions, and commendable practices resulting from the assessment performed by an FHWA team.

Dustin McDaniel Nov. 4 letter to Mark Lamberth

Dustin McDaniel Nov. 4 letter to Mark Lamberth

Segal Group's report

Segal Group's draft report to the Arkansas Bureau of Legislative Research on state and public school employee's health benefits.

Read school districts' petition

School districts' petition

8th Circuit ruling

8th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling

Casino dispute documents

Letters from casino attorneys to and from the Racing Commission chairman

Mark Lamberth letter to Dustin McDaniel

Mark Lamberth letter to Dustin McDaniel

Dustin McDaniel Nov. 8 letter to Mark Lamberth

Dustin McDaniel Nov. 8 letter to Mark Lamberth

Casey Castleberry letter to Mark Lamberth

Casey Castleberry letter to Mark Lamberth

Proposed goals for LRSD

The Little Rock School Board at a special meeting Thursday, Nov. 11, will consider a proposed set of goals for Superintendent Mike Poore to pursue in regard to student achievement, student enrollment, employee salaries and other areas of operations.

Huntsville School District brief 20211107

The Huntsville School District wants a federal judge to deny The Madison County Record’s motion to intervene in a case involving allegations of sexual abuse among boys on the middle school basketball team. In this filing: The Court should deny the Motion to Intervene (Docket No. 15) filed by Madison County Record, Inc. (“the Record”). Based upon Eighth Circuit precedent and the facts at issue in the present case, specifically including the sensitive nature of information about minors which will be involved therein, intervention is inappropriate. The Record’s common law right to access judicial records is greatly outweighed by the privacy concerns involved in this case.

Entergy long-range plan 20211107

This document describes Entergy Arkansas, LLC’s long-term Integrated Resource Plan for the study period 2023-2042 and is intended to provide stakeholders insight into the Company’s long-term planning process for meeting future demand and energy needs.

Madison County Record brief 20211107

The Huntsville School District wants a federal judge to deny The Madison County Record’s motion to intervene in a case involving allegations of sexual abuse among boys on the middle school basketball team. In this filing: Madison County Record, Inc. (the “Record”), for its motion to intervene under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 24(b), states: 1. Rebecca Nelle, as mother and next friend of B.N., a minor, sued the Huntsville School District on September 10, 2021. Doc. 2. 2. On September 22, 2021, the Huntsville School District (“District”) moved to limit pretrial publicity. Doc. 10.

5th Circuit vaccine stay

Because the petitions give cause to believe there are grave statutory and constitutional issues with the Mandate, the Mandate is hereby STAYED pending further action by this court.

Arkansas Energy Resources task force

"Extreme cold temperatures and snow in Arkansas and surrounding states during a February 2021 winter weather event disrupted fuel supply, primarily natural gas, for electricity generation and heating. Furthermore, some electric generating units underperformed during the event, and transmission constraints resulted in stranded capacity," according to a report from the Energy Resources Task Force.

Majid Khan letter 20211107

A letter proposes clemency for Majid Khan, who had been imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay.

HR3684 infrastructure bill

Resolved, That the bill from the House of Representatives (H.R. 3684) entitled ‘‘An Act to authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs, and for other purposes.’’, do pass.

Arkansas Adult Use and Expungement Marijuana Amendment petition

Petition for Arkansas Adult Use and Expungement Marijuana Amendment

Big Rock mountain bike park concept 20211101

A map shows the proposed Big Rock Bike Park in North Little Rock.

Trump documents filing 20211030

According to a sworn declaration from John Laster, director of the White House liaison division at the National Archives, President Donald Trump "made particularized assertions of executive privilege over 46 of these 136 pages of records (including seven pages of records that, as noted above, had been removed as non-responsive). He asserted privilege over: (i) daily presidential diaries, schedules, appointment information showing visitors to the White House, activity logs, call logs, and switchboard shift-change checklists showing calls to the President and Vice President, all specifically for or encompassing January 6, 2021 (30 pages); (ii) drafts of speeches, remarks, and correspondence concerning the events of January 6, 2021 (13 pages); and (iii) three handwritten notes concerning the events of January 6 from Mr. Meadows’ files (3 pages)."

2021 Proposed Senate Districts 20211030

Proposed state Senate districts for Arkansas in 2021

2021 Proposed House Districts 20211030

Arkansas' proposed state House districts in 2021.

Yellen CNN State of Union 20211024

Janet Yellen, speaking on CNN's "State of the Union": "Well, I think what's under consideration is a proposal that Senator Wyden and the Senate Finance Committee have been looking at that would impose a tax on unrealized capital gains, on liquid assets held by extremely wealthy individuals, billionaires. I wouldn't call that a wealth tax. But it would help get at capital gains, which are an extraordinarily large part of the incomes of the wealthiest individuals, and right now escape taxation, until they're realized, and often they're unrealized in the death benefit from a so- called step up of basis. So, it's not a wealth tax, but a tax on unrealized capital gains of exceptionally wealthy individuals."

Mark Edwards or Mark Nelson 20211024

The personnel file for Mark Edwards of the Little Rock Police Department shows that his given name is Mark Nelson.

Hutchinson CNN 20211024

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, on CNN's "State of the Union": "Well, the greatest concern Americans have right now is the rising cost of fuel, gasoline and groceries. And whenever you hear Speaker Pelosi talk about the trillion-dollar package, she -- it hasn't been written. It can't be explained. You did a great job asking her questions about it, but it was as clear as mud. And what that tells the American people is, we have got inflationary pressures that impact them. It's the cruelest tax. And now all we see is more government spending, a trillion-dollar plan that's out there, multi-trillion dollars, and it can't be explained. So it's really worrisome, as a governor, to hear what's planned. We do need the bipartisan infrastructure bill. It is critical for roads. It's for broadband. It's for water infrastructure. But this social engineering plan that they have that's trillions of dollars is simply going to add to inflationary pressures that's already costing the average American a great deal."

UA letter to Phi Gamma Delta 20211023

From the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville to Phi Gamma Delta: "This letter is in regards to the outcome of your organization's pending conduct matter regarding information that was provided to the Office of Student Standards and Conduct (OSSC) indicating that Phi Gamma Delta was involved in activities that were in violation of university policy. Specifically, OSSC received a report indicating that on September 13, 2021 your organization was alleged to have engaged in hazing activities."

Wisconsin Legislative Audit 20211023

The Legislative Audit Bureau supports the Legislature in its oversight of Wisconsin government and its promotion of efficient and effective state operations by providing nonpartisan, independent, accurate, and timely audits and evaluations of public finances and the management of public programs. Bureau reports typically contain reviews of financial transactions, analyses of agency performance or public policy issues, conclusions regarding the causes of problems found, and recommendations for improvement.

Garland memo on school board protests

From the office of Attorney General Merrick Garland: "In recent months, there has been a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff who participate in the vital work of running our nation's public schools. While spirited debate about policy matters is protected under our Constitution, that protection does not extend to threats of violence or efforts to intimidate individuals based on their views."

Cherokee v Gulfside casino Pope County 20211022

This appeal stems from ongoing litigation for the sole casino license for Pope County, Arkansas. The instant appeal returns to us a second time after our previous reversal and remand. Cherokee Nation Businesses, LLC v. Gulfside Casino P’ship, 2021 Ark. 17, at 9, 614 S.W.3d 811, 817 (“CNB I”). On June 28, 2021, the parties filed a joint motion to expedite this appeal, which we granted on July 2, 2021.

ADH school coronavirus report Oct. 19

ADH school coronavirus report Oct. 19

UAMS COVID-19 Forecasts, Projections, and Impact Assessments October 2021

UAMS COVID-19 Forecasts, Projections, and Impact Assessments October 2021

Ranu Jung UA job offer 20211017

The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville offers Ranu Jung the post of distinguished professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, with a 12-month salary of $350,000.

Rebuild the Rock campaign-finance report filing

The final campaign-finance report filed by the "Rebuild the Rock" sales-tax campaign committee.

ITEX, Metropolitan Housing Authority emails 20211010

Emails released under the Freedom of Information Act show the correspondence between and about ITEX and the Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Department of Defense Climate Adaptation Plan

It is Department of Defense policy that all operations, planning activities, business processes, and resource allocation decisions include climate change considerations. The purpose of doing so is to ensure the military forces of the United States retain operational advantage under all conditions, leveraging efficiency and resilience to ensure our forces are agile, capable, and effective. Climate change adaptation must align with and support the Department’s warfighting requirements. As no entity has the luxury of “opting out” of the effects of climate change, no portion of the Department—not a Service, a Command, or an activity—can “opt out” of the requirement to adapt to a changing climate. Every element in the Department should consider appropriate ways to align their work to the initiatives and activities contained within this document.

Thompson, Cheney statement on Jan. 6 subpoenas

Referring to Steve Bannon, Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) and Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) write, "While Mr. Meadows and Mr. Patel are, so far, engaging with the Select Committee, Mr. Bannon has indicated that he will try to hide behind vague references to privileges of the former President. The Select Committee fully expects all of these witnesses to comply with our demands for both documents and deposition testimony."

Helping American Victims Afflicted by Neurological Attacks Act

This Act may be cited as the "Helping American Victims Afflicted by Neurological Attacks Act of 2021" or the "HAVANA Act of 2021."

'Subverting Justice' report on Jan. 6, 2021

"FINDING 1: President Trump repeatedly asked DOJ leadership to endorse his false claims that the election was stolen and to assist his efforts to overturn the election results. Beginning on the day former Attorney General William Barr announced his resignation and continuing almost until the January 6 insurrection, Trump directly and repeatedly asked DOJ’s acting leadership to initiate investigations, file lawsuits on his behalf, and publicly declare the 2020 election “corrupt.” Documents and testimony confirm that Rosen, and in some cases other senior DOJ leaders, participated in several calls and meetings where Trump directly raised discredited claims of election fraud and asked why DOJ was not doing more to address them."

House Bill 1977 of 2021

House Bill 1977 of 2021

Senate Bill 739 of 2021

Senate Bill 739 of 2021

Senate Bill 732 of 2021

Senate Bill 732 of 2021

Senate Bill 730 of 2021

Senate Bill 730 of 2021

Trump vs. Twitter 10022021

Arguing that former President Donald Trump should have his Twitter account reinstated, lawyers write, "Plaintiff respectfully requests the Court to issue a preliminary injunction at the earliest possible date and enter the following Order: A. Enjoining and restraining Defendant and its officers, agents, servants, employees, attorneys, and other persons who are in active concert or participation with anyone falling under the direct or general control or supervision of Defendant from enforcing the suspension of Plaintiff’s access to its platform. B. Directing Defendant immediately, and no later than forty-eight (48) hours following the issuance of the Court’s Order, to reinstate Plaintiff’s access to its platform and lift all temporary or permanent bans on Plaintiff’s Twitter account(s).

Regulations on take of migratory birds 2021

SUMMARY: On January 7, 2021, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (we, the Service, or USFWS), published a final rule (January 7 rule) defining the scope of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) as it applies to conduct resulting in the injury or death of migratory birds protected by the MBTA. We now revoke that rule for the reasons set forth below. The immediate effect of this final rule is to return to implementing the MBTA as prohibiting incidental take and applying enforcement discretion, consistent with judicial precedent and longstanding agency practice prior to 2017.

CALS Director’s Report for Sept. 23, 2021

Nate Coulter, the Central Arkansas Library System director, writes, "Some of you may be concerned that the prospects for the library proposal look dimmer in the wake of the decisive defeat of the city sales tax on September 14th. While that election indicates a high level of voter skepticism existed with the proposed sales tax, I believe that the sales tax and library property tax elections present substantially different issues and a majority of voters will be able to distinguish between the features of the sales tax plan and those of CALS’ property tax referendum."

Staffing memo for Little Rock police, fire 09262021

Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore writes in a memo, "The request was at the August 10, 2021, Board of Directors Agenda Meeting for Human Resources Staff to provide the following information regarding current staff levels in both the Little Rock Fire Department and Little Rock Police Department. According to staff, a factor to take into consideration is that both Departments transfer people, and the budget headcount does not keep up with transfers."

Tennessee governor mask opt-out order 09252021

From August 16, 2021: "I, Bill Lee, Governor of the State of Tennessee, having declared a continuing state of emergency by Executive Order No. 83, dated August 6, 2021, and by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Tennessee Constitution and other applicable law including Tennessee Code Annotated§ 58-2-107, do hereby order that a student's parent or guardian shall have the right to opt out of any order or requirement for a student in kindergarten through twelfth-grade to wear a face covering at school, on a school bus, or at school functions, by affirmatively notifying in writing the local education agency or personnel at the student's school."

Tennessee school district responds to mask order 09252021

Bob Thomas, superintendent of the Knox County (Tenn.) School District, writes in an open letter on September 24, 2021, that U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer has issued a preliminary injunction ordering the district "to immediately enforce the face covering mandate which was in place during the 2020-21 school year." Thomas says the district will review the injunction, but that "Beginning Monday, Sept. 27, all our students, employees, and visitors will be required to wear a face covering when indoors at one of our facilities or riding a school bus or shuttle, until further notice. Any individual with autism or with a tracheotomy is exempt; however, parents who have students with autism who can wear a face covering are encouraged to do so. Others with a documented medical condition may be exempted from this policy pending court approval." Thomas calls it "a sensitive topic," and adds, "I want to make very clear that we are required to implement this order."

Judge Greer order on mask-mandate bans 09252021

In a ruling for Tennessee on September 24, 2021, U.S. District Judge J. Ronnie Greer, "The Knox County Board of Education is hereby ENJOINED from enforcing its September 1, 2021 vote against a mask mandate in Knox County Schools. The Knox County Board of Education is ORDERED to enforce—with immediate effect—the mask mandate that was in place in all Knox County Schools during the 2020-2021 school year, as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA for Plaintiffs and Class Plaintiffs. Governor Lee is hereby ENJOINED from enforcing Executive Order No. 84 in Knox County or allowing parents in Knox County to opt out of the Knox County Board of Education’s mask mandate."

Cyber Ninjas Draft Maricopa County Review 09252021

Billing it as "the most comprehensive and complex election audit ever conducted," Cyber Ninjas reviews its work in Maricopa County, Ariz., in a draft of their executive report presented Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. The firm said the review was "both encouraging and alarming," saying there were no substantial differences between the hand count of the ballots provided and the official canvass results for the county. But the report also accuses county officials of not cooperating with the work: "By the County withholding subpoena items, their unwillingness to answer questions as is normal between auditor and auditee, and in some cases actively interfering with audit research, the County prevented a complete audit."

Little Rock city attorney Carpenter emails 09242021

In a series of August 2021 emails, Little Rock City Attorney Tom Carpenter warns Mayor Frank Scott Jr. about a potential lawsuit against the city by Police Chief Keith Humphrey.

DDS Behavioral Consultation Committee Report Summary

The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) set out in the fall of 2020 to conduct a thorough review of the restraint practices at the state’s five human development centers (HDC) and develop a comprehensive approach with the help of clinicians and advocates to significantly reduce the use of restraints on developmental and intellectually disabled clients living at the HDCs. This report outlines what is done today and recommendations made by the DDS Behavioral Consultation Committee, which was tasked with reviewing restraint usage and implementing new strategies to reduce the frequency of using restraints to ensure the safety of clients and nearby individuals, including staff.

The Kids Guide to the Coronavirus

In 2020, the state of Arkansas purchased copies of "The Kids Guide to the Coronavirus" from a firm affiliated with Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Arkansas 2020 invoice for books 09192021

An invoice for books ordered by the state of Arkansas in 2020 from a firm connected to Gov. Mike Huckabee

Purchase order 20210919

A purchase order for books from Learn Our History LLC, affiliated with former Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren letters 09152021

In a series of letters, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., writes "to share my concern regarding troubling reports that last year, as the Fed took extraordinary actions to address the risks to the economy and the banking and financial systems from the COVID-19 pandemic, two regional Federal Reserve Bank Presidents made extensive trades in individual stocks and real estate investment trusts."

Eviction law filing

Criminal eviction law initial filing.

FBI 2015 interview 9-11 09132021

Update regarding associated analysis pursuant to his pending US Citizenship application and statements regarding the circumstances of his contact with persons who provided logistic support to 9/11 Hijackers NAWAF ALAROVI and KHALID AL-WIDHAR.

Hutchinson Meet the Press 9-12-2021

Governor Asa Hutchinson, on Meet the Press: "We're all together in trying to get an increased level of vaccination out in the population. The problem is that I'm trying to overcome resistance. But the president's actions in a mandate hardens the resistance. And we talked about the fact that we've historically had vaccination requirements in schools. But those have always come at the state level, never at the national level. And so this is an unprecedented assumption of federal mandate authority that really disrupts and divides the country. It divides our partnership between the federal government and the states. And it increases the division in terms of vaccination when we should all be together trying to increase the vaccination uptake."

United Nations' report, 'Our Common Agenda'

The U.N. secretary-general writes, "We are at an inflection point in history. In our biggest shared test since the Second World War, humanity faces a stark and urgent choice: a breakdown or a breakthrough. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is upending our world, threatening our health, destroying economies and livelihoods and deepening poverty and inequalities. Conflicts continue to rage and worsen. The disastrous effects of a changing climate – famine, floods, fires and extreme heat – threaten our very existence."

Queen Elizabeth's statement on 9/11/2021

Britain's royal family issues a statement on Twitter and Instagram on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II on the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.

Go Forward Pine Bluff Update 09122021

"The mission of Go Forward Pine Bluff is to increase the revenues of the city government, enabling it to provide the level of services expected by our citizens."

Go Forward Pine Bluff Ledger 09122021

5/8th Cent Sales Tax and Go Forward Financial Report for Pine Bluff

DOT Airline Ticket Refund Report 091121

Report to the White House Competition Council: U.S. Department of Transportation’s Investigatory, Enforcement and Other Activities Addressing Lack of Timely Airline Ticket Refunds Associated With the Covid–19 Pandemic

Pine Bluff High School Classes Canceled 09092021

In an open letter shared on Facebook, Pine Bluff School District Superintendent Barbara Warren announces that classes at Pine Bluff High School would be canceled Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, after a fight on campus resulted in a "lockdown scenario."

Yellen Letter on Debt Ceiling 09092021

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen writes to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top lawmakers to urge them to address the U.S. debt limit.

Clyburn letter to Hutchinson on rental assistance 08062021

U.S. Rep. James Clyburn writes to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, "Arkansas’s distribution of federal rental assistance funds has been far too slow. By June 30, the Arkansas state rental relief program had only distributed $600,000 of the $173 million in federal funds the state has received."

January 6 Committee statement on McCarthy

Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) made the following statement regarding Minority Leader McCarthy’s false claim that the FBI and Senate committees have concluded that the former President had “no involvement” in the January 6th insurrection: “Minority Leader McCarthy has recently made statements regarding the January 6th investigation. He has suggested, based on an anonymous report, that the Department of Justice has concluded that Donald Trump did not cause, incite, or provoke the violence on January 6th. When this anonymous report was first published, the Select Committee queried the Executive Branch agencies and congressional committees involved in the investigation. We’ve received answers and briefings from the relevant entities, and it’s been made clear to us that reports of such a conclusion are baseless. We will continue to pursue all elements of this investigation in a nonpartisan and thorough manner. We also remind Minority Leader McCarthy of his statements following January 6th, including his statement from the House Floor on January 13th—which are inconsistent with his recent comments.”

Newcomb sues Little Rock, mayor, police chief 09042021

Attorney Robert Newcomb slapped the city of Little Rock, Mayor Frank Scott Jr. and City Manager Bruce Moore with a new lawsuit Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Pulaski County Circuit Court that asks the court to find the city in violation of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. Of Newcomb’s four plaintiffs, three are Little Rock police officers and one is an officer who was recently terminated.

Supreme Court ruling on Texas abortion law

In the case of WHOLE WOMAN’S HEALTH ET AL. v. AUSTIN REEVE JACKSON, JUDGE, ET AL. ON APPLICATION FOR INJUNCTIVE RELIEF, regarding a 6-week limit on abortions in Texas, "The application for injunctive relief or, in the alternative, to vacate stays of the district court proceedings presented to JUSTICE ALITO and by him referred to the Court is denied."

Downtown Little Rock Partnership Form 990

The Downtown Little Rock Partnership's Form 990 for the 2019 tax year.

GOP Leader McCarthy warning to tech firms

GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy, on Aug. 31, 2021, tweeted, "If these companies comply with the Democrat order to turn over private information, they are in violation of federal law and subject to losing their ability to operate in the United States. If companies still choose to violate federal law, a Republican majority will not forget and will stand with Americans to hold them fully accountable under the law."

NHTSA Letter to Tesla requesting Autopilot data

To Eddie Gates, director of Field Quality for Tesla, Inc.: "This letter is to inform you that the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a Preliminary Evaluation (PE21-020) to investigate crashes involving first responder scenes and vehicles manufactured by Tesla, Inc. (Tesla) that were operating in either Autopilot or Traffic Aware Cruise Control leading up to the incident, and to request certain information."

Arkansas Department of Health school cases report Aug. 30

Arkansas Department of Health school cases report Aug. 30

Darrell Hedden letter

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Lawsuit against Arkansas Children's Hospital

Lawsuit against Arkansas Children's Hospital

LR police chief's memo on officer investigation

According to a July 15 memo contained in court filings, Little Rock Police Chief Keith Humphrey concurred with a recommendation to terminate Officer David Mattox for violations of unauthorized investigation and untruthfulness.

Memo from LRPD assistant chief to chief

Hayward Finks, Little Rock's assistant chief of police, writes a memo to Police Chief Keith Humphrey detailing a public affairs investigation.

Letter on King to Lyon Board of Trustees

The mayor of Batesville and the county judge of Independence County write to encourage the Lyon College Board of Trustees to dismiss the college's president after remarks he made in an interview.

2021 Wildlife Hunting Stamp Change

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, under the Biden administration, proposes to undo a rule made just a year earlier under the Trump administration requiring all art for duck stamps to feature hunting imagery.

2020 Wildlife Hunting Stamp Change

The Fish and Wildlife Service under the Trump administration explains its "permanent" rule change requiring all duck stamps to feature hunting imagery.

Lyon College's King Apologizes For Remarks

Joseph King, then the president of Lyon College, apologizes for remarks made to the Chronicle of Higher Education for an article.

Supreme Court ruling on eviction moratorium

ALABAMA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS, ET AL. v. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ET AL. ON APPLICATION TO VACATE STAY

Wilson, Lyon College, King Fired As President

I’m writing to let you know that the Lyon College Board of Trustees has accepted President W. Joseph King’s resignation effective immediately. We are thankful for Dr. King’s service and guidance during his presidency.

Little Rock sales tax increase allocation resolution

Little Rock Board of Directors sales tax increase allocation resolution.

Little Rock School District covid update 8-22-2021

For the 48 hour period beginning on 08/20/2021 at 3:00 PM and ending on 08/22/2021 at 3:00 PM the COVID POC team logged 23 individuals on quarantine and 5 positive cases as listed in this graphic.

Oklahoma Governor, AG Slam Mask District

In a press release dated Aug. 19, 2021, "Governor Kevin Stitt and Attorney General John O’Connor released the following statements after Hulbert Public Schools openly violated state law by mandating masks for all students and adults".

Phi Delta Theta alums turned doctors urge vaccine

Alumni of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity who have become doctors write to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville chapter to encourage its current members to take the covid-19 vaccine.

Little Rock State of the City invoices

Invoices from the City of Little Rock show the costs of the 2021 State of the City virtual broadcast.

Letter to Pelosi on Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Congressmen including Josh Gottheimer and Carolyn Bourdeaux write to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: "Earlier this week, the Senate passed an historic bipartisan infrastructure package, with a supermajority of sixty-nine votes. President Biden swiftly applauded its passage, stating that he hopes Congress will send it to his desk as soon as possible. The House of Representatives should heed his call and immediately pass the legislation. We urge our House colleagues to follow the same path as the Senate: vote first on the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and then consider the budget resolution."

Pine Bluff School District Mask Mandate 2021-22

From Barbara J. Warren, Pine Bluff School District Superintendent: "As you may know, on July 29, 2021, the Governor of Arkansas declared a state of emergency due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. In an effort to protect our students and staff, we are implementing a mask mandate in our district, effective immediately. A mask or face covering must be worn over the nose and mouth at all times on district property and on busses, except for eating and drinking, by all students, staff, and visitors. Visitors will be welcome, however, should be prepared to adhere to procedures and protocols we have in place to include limiting the number of people in small enclosed offices and spaces, social distancing, and of course adhering to requirements to wear face coverings."

UA face mask resolution

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DHS rental assistance income limits

DHS rental assistance income limits.

Judge Fox order on mask-mandate ban

Judge Timothy Davis Fox writes, on the law banning schools and local governments from mandating masks, "Because there is no method by which the court can cure the unconstitutionality of Act 1002 of 2021 without substantially rewriting such legislative enactment, it is the obligation of the court to preliminarily declare that Act 1002 of 2021, in its entirety, is unconstitutional under both the separation of powers clause and the equal protection clause of the Arkansas Constitution. Pending further order of this court, or of a court of superintending jurisdiction, Act 1002 of 2021 is declared unconstitutional and its application, in any manner, is hereby preliminarily enjoined."

Little Rock August 2021 mask order

In an August 2021 order, Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. requires face coverings to be worn in Little Rock facilities or in other public spaces under control of the City of Little Rock. Businesses are "exhorted" to require face coverings.

Little Rock, Marion districts lawsuit on mask law

The Little Rock and Marion school districts have sued to halt the enforcement of Act 1002 of 2021, which "would prohibit LRSD from mandating the use of protective face masks even in classes such as chemistry, stagecraft, welding and shop, and in athletic activities such as football and baseball, and other fields of endeavor where face coverings and face shields have traditionally been required to protect students from physical injury."

Lawsuit filed over conditions in Washington D.C. jail

Lawyers for Richard "Bigo" Barnett and others charged with various misdemeanor and felony offenses in connection with the protest at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 (referred to in the letter as “January Sixers”) call upon Amnesty International and the American Civil Liberties Union to investigate what they call the "D.C. Gitmo" conditions of the District of Columbia jail, alleging mistreatment and torture of pre-trial detainees.

Act 1002 of 2021

Act 1002 banning mask mandates.

Joint resolution from university faculty

Joint resolution from university faculty

House Bill 1065 of 2021

House Bill 1065 of 2021

Property tax proposal for library system

An ordinance to call a special election in the City of Little Rock, Arkansas, on November 9, 2021, for the purpose of submitting to the electors of the city the question of an increase of continuing the annual ad valorem property tax levied for the purpose of paying for the maintenance and operation of the city’s public libraries operated by the Central Arkansas Library System from the existing rate of three and three-tenths (3.30) mills to the new rate of three and eight-tenths (3.80) mills on the dollar of assessed valuation of taxable property in the city; prescribing other matters relating thereto; to declare an emergency; and for other purposes.

Central Arkansas Water expansion proposal

Chelsea Boozer, Central Arkansas Water Government Affairs Manager, writes to the Pulaski County Quorum Court, "As you consider projects to be funded through the county’s allotment of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars, I would like to draw your attention to the West Pulaski Water Expansion Project."

Draft of LRSD lawsuit on face masks

Draft of LRSD lawsuit on face masks

Summary of proposed LRSD lawsuit

Summary of proposed LRSD mask lawsuit

Ang superseding indictment

Ang superseding indictment

Lawsuit against Huntsville School District

Lawsuit against Huntsville School District

Attorney General opinion on Act 349 of 2021

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge writes to Secretary of State John Thurston, who had requested an opinion on Act 349 of 2021. She writes, "Because a literal interpretation would make the amended statute impossible to apply for school board candidates in the November 2, 2021, elections, a strong argument can be made in favor of the construction you posit. Absent legislative clarification, however, I cannot definitively state that a court would accept this argument."

Act 349 of 2021

An act to amend the candidate filing requirements for positions on school boards and local boards of community colleges; to amend the candidate filing period for school board positions; to amend the ballot fee for candidates for local boards of community colleges; and for other purposes. Subtitle: To amend the candidate filing requirements for positions on school boards and local boards of community colleges.

Democrats call to end mask mandate ban

In a letter to Arkansas Republican officials, Democrats from Pulaski County call for a special session to allow schools and local governments to mandate masks to prevent against the spread of the coronavirus: While we represent parts of Pulaski County, we accept our responsibility to act in the interest of our entire state. After all, we are state, not district, legislators. Please, accept this letter specifically on behalf of our constituents but also on behalf of the common good of all Arkansans. On July 27, 2021, Act 1002 will take effect. As you are aware, this act prohibits a state agency or entity; a political subdivision or the state; or state or local officials from mandating the use of face masks, face shields or other face coverings as a condition for entry, education or services. Not one of us voted for this legislation. In fact, it would be fair to say we vehemently opposed it, but we are clear it was passed following processes formulated and agreed to by both the House and the Senate. The problem we face now is Act 1002 was passed in what seems another epoch. Health-wise, that was certainly the case. Having followed medically informed protocols, there was reason to believe that when it came to COVID-19, our state was going in the right direction. There was reason to assume it was safe to return to a sense of normality, so we did so—even passing legislation surely informed by that optimism. As with most things in this pandemic, however, nothing is certain, and since the legislature recessed in April, circumstances in our state have altered dramatically.

Biden statement one year after John Lewis death

Days before he died one year ago today, Jill and I spoke with John Lewis for the last time. He was in those final days as he was throughout his remarkable life – at peace and full of dignity and grace. Instead of answering our concerns for him, he asked us to remain focused on the unfinished work – his life’s work – of healing and uniting this nation.

Little Rock recommendations for ARPA funds

Recommendations submitted by Little Rock city directors for how officials should use money from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Emails from Marsha Scott to Cliff Gibson

An email from Marsha Scott offers talking points to Cliff Gibson on the search for a new dean for the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. The "WJC" referred to is former President Bill Clinton, or "William Jefferson Clinton."

Petition to reopen Disfarmer estate

Fred Stewart, a relative of the late photographer Mike Meyer Disfarmer, petitions to reopen Disfarmer's estate as the negatives of his photgraphs have become increasingly valuable.

Biden's remarks on DACA Dreamers ruling, 7-17-2021

In 2012, the Obama-Biden Administration created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which has allowed hundreds of thousands of young immigrants to remain in the United States, to live, study, and work in our communities. Nine years later, Congress has not acted to provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers. Yesterday’s Federal court ruling is deeply disappointing.

Museum foundation objects to reopening Disfarmer's estate

Brief in support of the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts Foundation’s objection to Fred Stewart’s petition to reopen the estate of Mike Meyers, A/K/A Mike Meyer Disfarmer.

Lindsey's letter to Bobbitt on Clinton dean search

Don, I have reviewed all of the applicants and, based on their cover letters and professional experience, don't believe any of them have the background, vision or understanding of the Clinton-school and its role in the U of A system, to take the Clinton School to the next level or, more relevant, back to President Clinton's original vision. One of them might surprise me, but it would be a crapshoot. I am not sure the Clinton School could survive a bad choice.

Ethics Letters to Adcock and Jackson

The Arkansas Ethics Commission's correspondence with at-large Little Rock City Director Joan Adcock as well as 2018 Board of Directors candidate Ronnie Jackson notifying each of them of the issuance of letters of caution related to campaign finance reporting.

Arkansas school transfer information

Information on how to transfer school districts from the Arkansas Department of Education.

Janet Yellen's remarks after G-20 summit, 7-11-2021

In prepared remarks, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said, among other things, that "Right now, the best way to fight this pandemic is more equitable vaccine distribution worldwide and more fiscal policy support where feasible. The United States, like other major economies, has made significant progress rolling out covid vaccines. But we know that the pandemic is far from under control in many parts of the world, especially in many low-income nations. And as long as the virus continues to spread, we’re all still at risk. To that end, the United States has pledged to share 580 million vaccine doses, and I’ve strongly urged my G-20 counterparts to step up their support."

Metroplan Resolution Endorses 30 Crossing

The Metroplan board of directors has provided a full-throated endorsement for the “full funding and completion” of the 30 Crossing project “without delay,” calling the nearly $1 billion project its “primary regional priority.”

LR ordinance for short-term financing 07052021

From Little Rock: An ordinance authorizing the issuance of a promissory note to provide short-term financing under Amendment no. 78 to the Arkansas Constitution for the acquisition, construction and installation of real property and tangible personal property; prescribing other matters pertaining thereto; declaring an emergency; and for other purposes.

University of Arkansas Joe Steinmetz release agreement

The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville's release agreement with Chancellor Joe Steinmetz, made public in July 2021, includes payments totaling $175,000 for one year.

Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee ruling

BRNOVICH, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF ARIZONA, ET AL. v. DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE ET AL. CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT No. 19–1257. Argued March 2, 2021—Decided July 1, 2021 Supreme Court justices write in their ruling that "Arizona law generally makes it very easy to vote. Voters may cast their ballots on election day in person at a traditional precinct or a “voting center” in their county of residence."

Documents to obtain Arkansas driver's license

Documents to obtain Arkansas driver's license

LR Network Security and Email Retention policy

A procedure guideline for the City of Little Rock establishes procedures to deal with cyber threats and handle email.

Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott email correspondence

A Freedom of Information Act request for Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr.'s correspondence in June 2021 produced 27 pages of emails.

Corrective action agreement for Elizabeth Mitchell Centers

A formal corrective action agreement between the Elizabeth Mitchell Centers and the Arkansas Department of Human Services has been signed by state officials and is dated May 5, 2021.

2021 Little Rock State of the City outline

A request for drafts or early versions of Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr.'s 2021 State of the City address resulted in an outline with fewer than three dozen words.

Tammy Downs chosen as court clerk

Tammy Downs is named court clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, replacing James W. McCormack.

American Rescue Plan School Emergency Relief Fund

The American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (“ARP ESSER”) Fund, authorized under the American Rescue Plan (“ARP”) Act of 2021, provides nearly $122 billion to States to support the Nation’s schools in safely reopening and sustaining safe operations of schools while meeting the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of students resulting from the coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) pandemic. This plan details the money for Arkansas schools.

Joe Steinmetz resigns as UA chancellor

Joe Steinmetz, the chancellor of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville submits his letter of resignation in June 2021.

Donald Bobbitt accepts Joe Steinmetz resignation as UA chancellor

Donald R. Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas System, accepts the resignation of Joe Steinmetz as chancellor of the system's Fayetteville campus in June 2021.

Little Rock sales tax resolution 2021

A City of Little Rock resolution for a proposed 1-percentage-point increase in the city sales tax specifies how the revenue from that tax would be used. The measure is being promoted by Mayor Frank Scott Jr.

Holmstrom email to Little Rock city manager

Gabe Holmstrom emails Bruce Moore asking for help with the parking deck at 6th and Scott in Little Rock.

Act 1003 of 2021

Act 1003 of 2021: historical statues and monoments

Covid-19 vaccine uptake among Arkansas college students

Covid-19 vaccine uptake among Arkansas college students. Totals include all students enrolled at an Arkansas college/university regardless if they are an out-of-state resident. A graph shows the cumulative proportion of Arkansas college students with at least one dose and who have completed the series of a COVID-19 vaccine by week.

Higher Ed, Health Department Data Sharing Agreement

An effort to track the covid-19 vaccination rate of Arkansas college students is underway as of June 2021. A statewide focus on college student vaccination rates appears far from the norm, at least compared to border states. But public health experts said such data could play an important role on campuses in a state like Arkansas with a law that aims to prohibit covid-19 vaccine mandates.

Forecast of General Revenue for fiscal year 2022

Forecast of General Revenue for fiscal year 2022

Chancellor Steinmetz's recommendation on Fulbright, Brough

University of Arkansas Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz writes to UA System President Bobbitt with his recommendations on the three suggestions from a campus committee: Move the J. William Fulbright statue, rename the Fulbright College for Arts and Sciences, and rename the Brough Commons dining hall.

UA System tuition, fees for 2021-22 school year

Tuition and fees for the University of Arkansas System, as approved May 27, 2021.

20210521 Pope County Casino Order

Gulfside Casino Partnership vs. Arkansas Racing Commission and Cherokee Nation Businesses LLC

Memo recommending firing of Monty Frazier

Michael Hill, in a memo to Steve Frisbee, assistant chief engineer - operations at the Arkansas Department of Transportation, recommends in a May 17, 2021, memo that Monty Frazier be fired after missing a crack in the Hernando de Soto bridge over the Mississippi River along Interstate 40.

Cotton's Ivory Tower Tax Act of 2021

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to apply a 1 percent excise tax on large endowments of certain private colleges and universities, to require that such institutions distribute at least 5 percent of large endowments in each taxable year, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled: This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Ivory Tower Tax Act of 2021’’

Hutchinson pandemic unemployment letter

Hutchinson pandemic unemployment letter

Unemployment Insurance Information Handbook 2021

Unemployment Insurance Information Handbook 2021

Quick Guide to Arkansas Unemployment Insurance

Quick Guide to Arkansas Unemployment Insurance

Phillips Little Rock tax increase

Antwan Phillips, Little Rock city director, announces in May 2021 that he will vote in favor of Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr.'s proposed 1-percentage-point increase in the city sales tax.

Motion to Intervene Regarding Court Access in Pope County casino case

On the 7th day of May, 2021 came on for consideration the Motion to Intervene Regarding Court Access of Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Inc. and Jeannie Roberts and from the pleadings filed herein, the court doth find and order as follows: l. The subject motion, misstates, apparently deliberately, both the operative facts as well as the relevant law. 2. Ms. Roberts was advised by court staff, at least several times over several days, that the issue of physical access for the general public was not a matter of physical access to the Sixth Division courtroom itself.

America the Beautiful Conservation 2021

National Climate Task Force's 2021 preliminary report on a 10-year, locally led United States conservation effort.

School districts declared unitary

Is it time? Yes. With the exception of some facilities issues, the Pulaski County Special School District has substantially complied in good faith with Plan 2000. Subject to the ongoing implementation of its 2018 master facilities plan as previously modified by the Court, the Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District has also substantially complied in good faith with Plan 2000. It is therefore time for both Districts to continue their important and challenging work of educating all students without oversight from this Court, except as specified on facilities.

State-funded school building projects for 2021-23.

Arkansas' Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation Commission approved $77 million of school construction projects for 2021-23 on Thursday, April 29, 2021.

Biden Address GOP Response 20210428

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the text of U.S. Sen. Tim Scott’s, R-S.C, GOP response to President Joe Biden’s speech to a Joint Session of Congress Wednesday as provided by the office of the Senate minority leader: …………… Good evening. I’m Senator Tim Scott from the great state of South Carolina. We just heard President Biden’s first address to Congress. Our President seems like a good man. His speech was full of good words. But President Biden promised you a specific kind of leadership. He promised to unite a nation. To lower the temperature. To govern for all Americans, no matter how we voted. That was the pitch. You just heard it again. But our nation is starving for more than empty platitudes. We need policies and progress that bring us closer together. But three months in, the actions of the President and his party are pulling us further apart. I won’t waste your time tonight with finger-pointing or partisan bickering. You can get that on T.V. any time you want. I want to have an honest conversation. About common sense and common ground. About this feeling that our nation is sliding off its shared foundation, and how we move forward together.

Biden Address Congress 20210428

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the text of President Joe Biden’s first address to a Joint Session of Congress on Wednesday, as provided by the White House. ……………. Madame Speaker. Madame Vice President. No president has ever said those words from this podium, and it’s about time. The First Lady. The Second Gentleman. Mr. Chief Justice. Members of the United States Congress and the Cabinet — and distinguished guests. My fellow Americans. While the setting tonight is familiar, this gathering is very different — a reminder of the extraordinary times we are in.

Act 626 of 2021, the Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act

The Arkansas law targeting transgender youth begins, "The General Assembly finds that: (1) Arkansas has a compelling government interest in protecting the health and safety of its citizens, especially vulnerable children; (2)(A) Only a small percentage of the American population experiences distress at identifying with their biological sex."

SB298 Letter

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House Bill 1949 2021

The Arkansas House version of the budget bill for fiscal 2022.

Senate Bill 702 2021

The Arkansas Senate version of the budget bill for fiscal 2022.

O'Brien transcript

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NLR Superintendent's 100-days report, April 2021

The purpose of this April 2021 presentation is to inform members of the North Little Rock Board of Education, parents, employees, and community stakeholders on the 100 day transition plan summary report of the new superintendent’s entry into the North Little Rock School District (NLRSD).

University of Arkansas-Fayetteville responses on Fulbright, Brough

University of Arkansas-Fayetteville responses on renaming J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, removing Fulbright statue, and renaming Brough Commons Dining Hall.

Report on teacher shortages, solutions

A Walton Family Foundation-commissioned report addresses teacher shortages and solutions.

Georgia voting law 2021

To comprehensively revise elections and voting; to amend Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to elections and primaries generally, so as to revise a definition; to provide for the establishment of a voter intimidation and illegal election activities hotline; to limit the ability of the State Election Board and the Secretary of State to enter into certain consent agreements, settlements, and consent orders; to provide that the Secretary of State shall be a nonvoting ex officio member of the State Election Board; and more

Additional federal funds for 39 school districts

Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education FY 2020-21 Supplemental ESSER II Allocations

Fall 2021 resolution

Fall 2021 resolution

Murray Hydroelectric ordinance

Ordinance 21-20 waiving formal bidding requirements for insurance for the Murray Hydroelectric Plant for March 2021.

Arkansas Phase 1-B vaccine categories

Phase 1B (1-B) of Arkansas' coronavirus vaccinations includes people 65 years of age and older; people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; Police Protection, Fire Protection, and Other First Responders; educators; food and agricultural workers; and more.

George Floyd Act 2021

117TH CONGRESS, 1ST SESSION H. R. 1280: To hold law enforcement accountable for misconduct in court, improve transparency through data collection, and reform police training and policies. This Act may be cited as the ‘‘George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021’’.

2021 Stimulus Bill 2-22-2021

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319), Section-by-Section (as of February 22, 2021); the proposed $1.9 trillion stimulus package proposed by President Joe Biden's administration.

Maumelle Ordinance No. 1022 as amended 2021

An ordinance of the City Council of the City of Maumelle, County of Pulaski, State of Arkansas, Ordinance No. 1022: Amending Chapter 10 of the Maumelle City Code to revise enforcement procedures, eliminate the categories of "potentially dangerous animal" and "hazardous animal," to change the current definition of "dangerous animal," to remove the ban on certain breeds of dogs, and for other purposes.

2020 income tax form for non resident

2020 income tax form for non resident

2020 income tax instructions

2020 income tax instructions.

2020 income tax form for full-year resident

2020 income tax form for full-year resident

2020 Arkansas Legislative Expenses

2020 Arkansas Legislative Expenses: Here’s how much each lawmaker in the 92nd General Assembly received from the state in per diem, mileage and expense reimbursements in 2020. Some in the list are no longer in the Legislature.

Biden Parkland 20210214

President Joe Biden's statement begins, "Three years ago today, a lone gunman took the lives of 14 students and three educators at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In seconds, the lives of dozens of families, and the life of an American community, were changed forever."

Biden faith based

President Joe Biden is signing an executive order reestablishing the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, which the White House says will promote partnerships with religious and secular organizations to better serve people in need.

ADH County Vaccine Doses

The Arkansas Department of Health's the updated county-level report on vaccines for covid-19 as of February 5, 2021.

Raskin to Trump 2021

Lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin invites former President Donald Trump to provide testimony under oath for his impeachment trial in a letter dated February 4, 2021.

Schoen to Raskin 2021

A February 4, 2021, letter with the letterhead of lawyer David Schoen and sent to U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., lead manager for former President Donald Trump's impeachment. In the letter, Schoen and Bruce Castor Jr., Trump's attorneys, reject Raskin's request for Trump to provide testimony for his own impeachment, saying, "The use of our Constitution to bring a purported impeachment proceeding is much too serious to try to play these games."

House trial brief

ADFA down payment assistance

ADFA down payment assistance program income levels.

Jegley letter to Little Rock Mayor Scott

Larry Jegley, 6th Judicial District prosecuting attorney, writes to Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. about the remarks in the St. Charles Community Association Crime Watch update.

LR scooter ordinance 2021

From January 2021: An ordinance to permit dockless mobility technology within the City of Little Rock, Arkansas; to amend Little Rock, Ark., Rev. Code §§ 32-463; 32-494; 32-496 (1988); to permit the use of dockless mobility units on public streets in central business districts or other designated areas; to establish certain standards for the use of such technology; to establish a business license fee and franchise fee for use of the city right of-way; to declare an emergency; and for other purposes.

Little Rock 2021 contract with Chamber

A resolution to authorize the city manager to enter into a contract with the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, in an amount not to exceed two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000.00), to provide economic development consulting services; and for other purposes.

Conway Stager Capitol Flagpole Statement

Statement of facts against Peter Francis Stager of Conway after the Jan. 6, 2021, Washington riot in which he was suspected of using a flagpole to hit a Capitol Police officer.

Conway Stager Capitol Flagpole Complaint

Special Agent Jason Coe's signed criminal complaint against Peter Francis Stager of Conway after a flagpole was used to attack a Capitol Police officer

Transcript of President Trump's Jan. 6 speech

Washington Post transcript of speech by President Donald Trump on 1/6/2021

Pulaski County voter registration name change

Pulaski County voter registration name change

Articles of impeachment against President Trump

Text of the articles the House plans to introduce to impeach President Donald Trump.

2021 LR police contract

The statement of agreement between the Fraternal Order of Police and the City of Little Rock for the Police Department's contract.

Articles of impeachment against Trump

A single article of impeachment, for incitement of insurrection, has been drawn up against President Donald Trump.

Criminal complaint

BRCC 2020 Report

The Buffalo River Conservation Committee's 2020 annual report.

8th Circuit Court school choice ruling

Camden-Fairview School District, Hope School District No. 1A, Junction City School District, and Lafayette County School District (“the Districts”) sought modification of existing desegregation consent decrees to allow their exemption from Arkansas’s Public School Choice Act. Ark. Code. Ann. § 6–18–1906 (2017) in a case heard by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Law enforcement task force highlights

Law enforcement task force highlights

Law enforcement task force report

Law enforcement task force report

Real ID document list

Real ID document list

AWP_Update_2014

The Arkansas Water Plan Update 2014 Summary.

AWI Report Card 2020

The 2020 Report Card for the Mississippi River Watershed gave it a C-minus.

Little Rock zone definitions

Definitions of the zone classifications in Little Rock.

GAO CARES report

The United States Government Accountability Office issued a report to congressional committees in December 2020, "Lessons Learned from CARES Act Loan Program for Aviation and Other Eligible Businesses," referring to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act passed during the covid-19 pandemic.

Little Rock scooter ordinance

Scooter ordinance approved by directors but vetoed by Mayor Frank Scott Jr.

LRPD Humphrey Fulk texts

Text messages sent in March 2020 between Little Rock Police Chief Keith Humphrey and then-Assistant Chief Alice Fulk about the abilities of the Police Department’s patrol division captains.

Hutchinson response to physicians open letter

Gov. Asa Hutchinson responds Nov. 18, 2020, to an open letter from Arkansas physicians urging him to take additional steps to combat the coronavirus.

Fraternal Order of Police Letter to LR Mayor Scott

The Nov. 16, 2020, letter from Fraternal Order of Police President Ronnie Morgan to Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr.

Physicians letter to Gov. Asa Hutchinson

In an open letter dated Nov. 15, 2020, physicians in Arkansas urged Gov. Asa Hutchinson to take increased measures to combat the coronavirus.

LR Mayor Frank Scott Jr. responds to impasse

Mayor Frank Scott Jr.'s statement in response to the negotiating impasse with the Fraternal Order of Police, dated Nov. 18, 2020.

Audited financial statements

Audited financial statements

AHA Nov. 12 report

Arkansas Hospital Association report Nov. 12.

Marshall Police Chief Resigns

Marshall Mayor Kevin Elliott, in a letter dated Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, said Lang Holland "resigned as Police Chief for the City of Marshall effective immediately" after Elliott met with Holland to discuss social media posts Holland made on the social media app Parler. In one post, Holland wrote, in all capital letters, "Death to the Democrats." In another, Holland asked if several hundred people would go with him to Washington, D.C., "and fight our way into the Congress and arrest every Democrat who has participated in this coup?"

Arkansas Issue 1, November 2020

The 92nd General Assembly refers the following constitutional amendment to a vote of the people on November 3, 2020, and will appear on the ballot as Issue No. 1. This Amendment was proposed in the Regular 2019 Session by Representative J. Wardlaw and filed as HJR1018. Popular Name An Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution Continuing a One-Half Percent (0.5%) Sales and Use Tax for State Highways and Bridges; County Roads, Bridges and Other Surface Transportation; and City Streets, Bridges, and Other Surface Transportation After the Retirement of the Bonds Authorized in Arkansas Constitution, Amendment 91 Ballot Title An Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to continue a levy of a one-half percent sales and use tax for state highways and bridges; county roads, bridges, and other surface transportation; and city streets, bridges, and other surface transportation after the retirement of the bonds authorized in Arkansas Constitution, Amendment 91, as special revenue to be distributed under the Arkansas Highway Revenue Distribution Law.

Arkansas Issue 3, November 2020

The 92nd General Assembly refers the following constitutional amendment to a vote of the people on November 3, 2020, and will appear on the ballot as Issue No. 3. This Amendment was proposed in the Regular 2019 Session by Representative D. Vaught and filed as HJR1008. Popular Name A Constitutional Amendment To Amend The Process For The Submission, Challenge, And Approval Of Proposed Initiated Acts, Constitutional Amendments, And Referenda Ballot Title An Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to amend the process for the submission, challenge, and approval of proposed initiated acts, constitutional amendments, and referenda.

Arkansas Issue 2, November 2020

The 92nd General Assembly refers the following constitutional amendment to a vote of the people on November 3, 2020, and will appear on the ballot as Issue No. 2. This Amendment was proposed in the Regular 2019 Session by Senator A. Clark and filed as SJR15. Popular Name A Constitutional Amendment to Amend the Term Limits Applicable to Members of the General Assembly, to be Known as the "Arkansas Term Limits Amendment" Ballot Title A Constitutional Amendment to be known as the "Arkansas Term Limits Amendment"; and amending the term limits applicable to members of the General Assembly.

Arkansas Department of Human Services covid agency contact list

Arkansas Department of Human Services 2020-2021 Emergency Solutions Grant Program COVID Agency Contact List by County

Bledsoe-Smith emails

Correspondence between now-former Arkansas Health Secretary Dr. Nate Smith and Arkansas Surgeon General Dr. Gregory Bledsoe

Little Rock School Board timeline and reconstitution of LRSD

Little Rock School Board timeline and reconstitution of LRSD

Order of protection affidavit

Order of protection affidavit

Final order of protection

Final order of protection

Little Rock School District staffing report

Little Rock School District staffing report

Little Rock School District response

Little Rock School District response

Little Rock Education Association press release

Little Rock Education Association press release

LRPD letter regarding Chief Keith Humphrey

Letter signed by officers from the Little Rock Police Department command staff regarding Chief Keith Humphrey

Rutherford retirement letter

University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service Dean Skip Rutherford's retirement letter

Charles Stark's Letter of Resignation

Charles Stark's Letter of Resignation

Grant agreement

Grant agreement the Arkansas Department of Education and the Arkansas Public School Resource Center

Trump Supreme Court List Cotton

President Donald Trump named U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., as one of 20 additions to his list of potential Supreme Court nominees on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020.

Little Rock Poll Presentation

Little Rock Poll Presentation

Little Rock Poll Memo

Little Rock Poll Memo

Motion in limine

Motion in limine

Motion for unitary status

Motion for unitary status

Brief of law in support of motion for unitary status

Brief of law in support of motion for unitary status

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville student survey responses

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville student survey responses

ASU opinion

Petition for Writ of Certiorari

Petition for Writ of Certiorari in murder case at Southern Arkansas University.

Order regarding publicity

Order regarding publicity in murder case at Southern Arkansas University

GOP Resolution 2020

For the Republican National Convention of 2020, the GOP opted not to have a traditional platform, but to instead follow a four-point resolution. Two of the points say there will not be a platform, and that anyone who tries to propose one will be voted out of order. The other two establish that the GOP supports President Donald Trump's "America-first" agenda, and that the party asks the media to report honestly on Republicans' support of Trump and his agenda.

LRSD Community Memo

Little Rock School District community memo

USPS Letter on Elections

A letter to Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston from the United States Postal Service explains that Arkansas law is incompatible with the times required for the Postal Service to deliver ballots in a timely fashion for the November 2020 general election.

ADH Healthy School Guide

ADH Healthy School Guide

Unemployment, Other Needs

President Donald Trump on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, signed a memorandum on extending aid on unemployment and so-called other needs assistance.

Payroll Tax Memorandum

President Donald Trump on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, signed a memorandum to defer payroll taxes.

Student Loan Payments

President Donald Trump on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, signed a memorandum on student loan payments.

Renters Executive Order

President Donald Trump on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, signed an executive order addressing rent and house payments.

TikTok Executive Order

Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok, August 6, 2020, from the White House

Department of Health directive for community and school-sponsored music

Department of Health directive for community and school-sponsored music

UAMS College of Public Health covid-19 forecasts, projections and impact assessments

UAMS College of Public Health covid-19 forecasts, projections and impact assessments

Settlement agreement on the removal of a Confederate statue from MacArthur Park

Settlement agreement on the removal of a Confederate statue from MacArthur Park

Pulaski County Special School District desegregation plan

The Pulaski County Special School District desegregation plan

Legislator votes on Northwest Council funding

Legislator votes on Northwest Council funding

PCSSD Ross plan

PCSSD Ross plan

Nursing home operator arrest warrant

Nursing home operator arrest warrant

UA survey responses

Survey responses from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville students about the pandemic

City of Little Rock request for qualifications

City of Little Rock request for qualifications

2020 Pope County casino application process

2020 Pope County casino application process

Executive order on masks

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's executive order mandating the wearing of facial coverings in public.

UA Face Covering Resolution 2020-07-15

The University of Arkansas System trustees' resolution on face coverings.

Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation gift agreement

Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation gift agreement

Roger Stone Clemency Statement

Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Grant of Clemency for Roger Stone, Jr.

City of Little Rock's request for proposals

Little Rock has a request for proposals out for a vendor to provide "golf entertainment" on an 18-acre portion of War Memorial Park.

LR City Director Ken Richardson's proposal to halt evictions during covid-19 pandemic

LR City Director Ken Richardson's proposal to halt evictions during covid-19 pandemic

Proposed LR hate crime ordinance

A draft of a proposed hate-crime ordinance to be considered by the Little Rock Board of Directors, 2020.

Summary of process for LEAs to request waivers

Summary of process for LEAs to request waivers

Mayor Frank Scott Jr.'s executive order requiring face coverings in public in Little Rock

Mayor Frank Scott Jr.'s executive order requiring face coverings in public in Little Rock

Letter to Little Rock School District parents

This letter dated June 24, 2020, begins, "Little Rock School District is working hard this summer to meet the needs of your family, as we prepare to return to school with virtual and in-person options. Currently, our state government intends to resume school as normally as possible for the 2020-2021 school year."

Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District's plans for reopening schools in August

Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District's plans for reopening schools in August

Open letter to Little Rock School District parents

Open letter to Little Rock School District parents

Alternate care site evaluations 6-22-2020

Eight documents assess various facilities around Arkansas for their viability as alternate care, or alternative care sites -- places that can be used in the event of a worst-case scenario involving the coronavirus.

Arkansas Racing Commission casino license scores

Arkansas Racing Commission casino license scores

Mayor Frank Scott Jr.'s executive order banning the use of neck restraints by Little Rock officers

Mayor Frank Scott Jr.'s executive order banning the use of neck restraints by Little Rock officers

Lawsuit filed against Youth Opportunity Investments, LLC

Lawsuit filed against Youth Opportunity Investments, LLC

Bret Bielema lawsuit v. Razorback Foundation

Bret Bielema lawsuit v. Razorback Foundation

Southern Arkansas University’s request for covid-19 funds

Southern Arkansas University’s request for covid-19 funds

Bret Bielema lawsuit civil cover sheet

Bret Bielema lawsuit civil cover sheet

Arkansas Department of Education covid-19 waivers

Arkansas Department of Education covid-19 waivers

Little Rock Police Department's policy on body-worn cameras

Little Rock Police Department's policy on body-worn cameras

Bethel Heights Petition

Bethel Heights document certify the petition for voters to consider consolidation with Springdale.

30 Crossing project reevaluation report

30 Crossing project reevaluation report

President Trump 2020 Physical

A two-page document details the results of President Donald Trump's medical exam.

University of Arkansas’s guide to returning to campus

University of Arkansas’s guide to returning to campus

Gen. Michael Flynn transcripts

Documents declassified by John Ratcliffe, director of national intelligence, in late May 2020.

Little Rock School District Exit Plan

Level 5 Draft Exit Plan For Little Rock School District School District Pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-2917

Henderson State University’s request for funding

Henderson State University’s request for funding

Full guidelines for opening UA athletic venues

Full guidelines for opening UA athletic venues

Draft for NLR covid-19 small business fund

Draft for NLR covid-19 small business fund

Lawsuit against Garland County District Court

Lawsuit against Garland County District Court

Full CDC report on Greers Ferry Church

Full CDC report on Greers Ferry Church

FY 2019-20 CARES Act preliminary allocations

FY 2019-20 CARES Act preliminary allocations

Cease and desist order

Cease and desist order

Letter from FEMA

Letter from FEMA

Criminal complaint and affidavit

Criminal complaint and affidavit accusing a University of Arkansas professor of wire fraud

List of school construction projects approved for the coming fiscal year

List of school construction projects approved for the coming fiscal year

Keith McGee’s personnel action form

Keith McGee’s personnel action form

Keith McGee’s resume

Keith McGee’s resume

Interim superintendent contract

Interim superintendent contract

UALR academic college restructuring plan

UALR academic college restructuring plan

Board Resolution on Fall 2020

Board Resolution on Fall 2020

UALR Chancellor's retrenchment proposal

UALR Chancellor's retrenchment proposal

Introduction to reports submitted to the UA Board of Trustees

Introduction to reports submitted to the UA Board of Trustees

Economics Arkansas Stock Market Game 2019 fall winners

Economics Arkansas Stock Market Game 2019 fall winners

Economics Arkansas Stock Market Game 2020 spring winners

Economics Arkansas Stock Market Game 2020 spring winners

Letter to the Arkansas Racing Commission

Letter to the Arkansas Racing Commission

Hayward Finks, Duane Finks and Reginald Parks retaliation lawsuit

Hayward Finks, Duane Finks and Reginald Parks retaliation lawsuit

Alice Fulk and Cristina Plummer retaliation lawsuit

Alice Fulk and Cristina Plummer retaliation lawsuit

UA resolution accepting employee choice on remote employment

Resolution Accepting Employee Choice on Remote Employment

Arkansas Supreme Court dissent

Arkansas Supreme Court dissent

Arkansas Supreme Court order

Arkansas Supreme Court order

UALR Exec Committee Timeline Request

The Executive Committee of the UA Little Rock Faculty Senate asks that the current Academic Planning Retrenchment timeline be extended for one year.

Scott Jennings email

This statement from Scott Jennings, principal of North Little Rock High School, was copied from the original email and then forwarded to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette under a Freedom of Information Act request.

Arguments from attorney representing Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District

Arguments from attorney representing Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District

Arguments from attorneys representing Pulaski County Special School District

Arguments from attorneys representing Pulaski County Special School District

Email correspondence from the Arkansas Department of Health

Email correspondence from the Arkansas Department of Health

LISA Academy’s amendment request

LISA Academy’s amendment request

Governor Hutchinson State of the State Address

Governor Hutchinson State of the State Address

LISA Academy’s amendment request

LISA Academy proposes amending its charter with the state so it can open a charter school in Rogers.

Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr.'s executive order banning caravans in the city amid coronavirus pandemic

Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr.'s executive order banning caravans in the city amid coronavirus pandemic

Report to Congress on film-forming foam

An October 2017 report from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics includes three Arkansas sites.

Bulletin from the Arkansas Insurance Department

Bulletin from the Arkansas Insurance Department

Procedures for managing a positive covid-19 case

Procedures for managing a positive covid-19 case: Notification of possible exposure

ATU plan of action

Plan of action for reported case on-campus

ASU protocol

Protocol for campus residents who are recommended for covid-19 testing

Motion of temporary restraining order

Motion of temporary restraining order

Motion in support

Motion in support

Elections lawsuit

Elections lawsuit

Arkansas Tech University Housing Contract

Arkansas Tech University's on-campus housing contract for students during the 2019-20 academic year.

LRSD closure letter

Little Rock School District letter on school closures

Letter to LRSD community

Letter to LRSD community

EO 20-03

Ordinance on city manager and city attorney

An ordinance voted on by the Little Rock Board of Directors on Tuesday gives the mayor additional authority in hiring, firing and reviewing the city manager and city attorney.

Ordinance on regional districts

An ordinance voted on by the Little Rock Board of Directors on Tuesday puts the question repurposing the city board's at-large directors to voters in November.

Benton County ordinance

Benton County ordinance

Scott County Ordinance

Scott County Ordinance

Benton County submitted resolution

Benton County submitted resolution

independence County resolution

Independence County resolution

Letter from Youth Opportunity Investments to the Department of Human Services

Letter from Youth Opportunity Investments to the Department of Human Services

1st set of FBI documents on Phantom Killer slayings

Texarkana Phantom Moonlight Murders Part 01 of 02.

2nd set of FBI documents on Phantom Killer slayings

The FBI on Thursday published an extensive archive of documents from the investigation of Texarkana's infamous Phantom Killer murders of 1946. The second of two sets of documents.

Jan. 31, 2020 facilities report

Jan. 31, 2020 facilities report

Letter from Southwest Arkansas Counseling and Mental Health Center

Letter from Southwest Arkansas Counseling and Mental Health Center, dated Jan. 10, 2020.

DHS letter of concern

A letter of concern from the state Department of Human Services Division of Youth Services dated Jan. 15, 2020.

Letter from the Arkansas Hospital Association wrote to the state Department of Human Services

Letter from the Arkansas Hospital Association wrote to the state Department of Human Services.

Youth lockup firm lawsuits

A pair of lawsuits filed in Pulaski County and Jefferson County detail more abuse at the Lewisville Treatment Center.

Lawsuits name youth lockup firm

A pair of lawsuits filed in Pulaski County and Jefferson County detail more abuse at the Lewisville Treatment Center.

Arkansas Levee Task Force report

Arkansas Levee Task Force report

ADGS20200104E03_color.pdf

Page 3E from the Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

UALR strategic enrollment plan

UALR strategic enrollment plan

UALR budget building process

UALR budget building process

First round cuts for fiscal year 2020

First round cuts for fiscal year 2020

FISA order

FISA order in re. accuracy concerns regarding FBI matters submitted to the FISC

Letter to Pelosi

Letter to Pelosi

Report on academic achievement efforts in PCSSD

Report on academic achievement efforts in PCSSD

The Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report

The Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report

8th District Court of Appeals order

8th District Court of Appeals order

Consent order for Stephen Morley

Consent order for Stephen Morley

Motion to seal

Dam inspection report

A letter of concern from Little Rock Central High School faculty

A letter of concern from Little Rock Central High School faculty

A statement from Arkansas Education Secretary Johnny Key

A statement from Arkansas Education Secretary Johnny Key

Oct. 15 email from ASU Chancellor Kelly Damphousse

Oct. 15 email from ASU Chancellor Kelly Damphousse

Resolution to return administrative raises

Resolution to return administrative raises

Resolution to limit administrative compensation

Resolution to limit administrative compensation

Indictment on Tom and Bonteia Goss

Federal prosecutors in Springfield, Mo., have filed additional charges against two former executives of a mental health care nonprofit at the center of a bribery and public corruption investigation that has resulted so far in convictions of five former Arkansas legislators. At the center of the new charges against Tom and Bonteia Goss are actions that former state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson allegedly took on behalf of Preferred Family Healthcare through legislation. Hutchinson pleaded guilty in June to accepting multiple bribes and tax fraud. Preferred Family was paid millions of dollars over several years in Medicaid and other state funds. This is a copy of the indictment, released Wednesday.

Nov. 1 email from ASU Chancellor Kelly Damphousse

Nov. 1 email from ASU Chancellor Kelly Damphousse

Little Rock Police Department Lethality Assessment

Little Rock Police Department's Lethality Assessment

Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District's brief

The Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District submitted arguments to the U.S. District Court, seeking unitary status in the Pulaski County school desegregation case.

Pulaski County Special School District's notice

The Pulaski County Special School District filed arguments with the U.S. District Court, seeking unitary status in a school desegregation case.

Hunter Biden's response to motion for DNA testing

The response by Hunter Biden to a motion for scientific (DNA) testing, filed Monday in Independence County.

Signing Statement on Resolution 4212

Signing Statement by Mayor Washington on Resolution 4212

Human trafficking complaint

Human trafficking lawsuit filed Friday in Pulaski County Circuit Court

Josh Mahony Senate financial disclosure form

Josh Mahony Senate financial disclosure form

Letter from Pulaski Prosecutor Larry Jegley

Letter from Pulaski Prosecutor Larry Jegley

Josh Mahony U.S. House financial disclosure form

Josh Mahony U.S. House financial disclosure form

Mahony for U.S. Senate FEC Form 3

Mahony for U.S. Senate FEC Form 3

Josh Mahony For Congress FEC Form 3

Josh Mahony For Congress FEC Form 3

Release agreement